Record-Courier staff report
The Mid-American Conference formally announced the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl in an official capacity on Friday.
The bowl, which will be owned and operated by ESPN, is slated to last six years from 2014-2019. It will be scheduled before Christmas and will be televised nationally by ESPN or ESPN2, while being played at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.
"I'd like to recognize the outstanding work by Commissioner Steinbrecher and the MAC staff on securing these new bowl opportunities. Our coaches and student-athletes are excited about the location as South Florida is a great destination for our fan base."
The MAC will play Conference USA in the Boca Raton Bowl in 2014 and the American Athletic Conference in 2015.
The creation of the Boca Raton Bowl is the beginning of a series of planned bowl announcements over the next several weeks and the centerpiece of a joint agreement between several FBS conferences.
"The Mid-American Conference is pleased to partner with ESPN and several other conferences in the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl," said Mid-American Conference Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher. "This has all the ingredients for an excellent bowl game: A great location, wonderful facilities for student-athletes and fans and hungry teams. I am eagerly anticipating the inaugural game in December of 2014."
The Boca Raton Bowl, in addition to bowl games that will be announced on future dates, will be supported by several FBS conferences on a six-year rotating basis.
With further announcements coming shortly, the MAC will have created two new primary appearances on an annual basis for the next six years. Starting in the 2014 college football season, the MAC will have a minimum five guaranteed bowl opportunities.
"We are pleased to be able to bring post season college football to the Boca Raton area and host institutions from the Mid-American Conference, American Athletic and Conference-USA," said Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President & GM, ESPN Regional Television. "The many amenities of this area will make this a wonderful experience for the participating teams, their fans and administrators."
MAC primary bowl partners for 2014-19:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West)
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, Fla.; vs. Conference USA)
Bowl Game TBA