Monday, October 14, 2013
MAC announces the Bahamas Bowl will debut in 2014
The Mid-American Conference officially announced the creation of the Bahamas Bowl. The Bahamas Bowl will feature teams from five different conferences over its first six years. Those conferences will be the MAC, Mountain West, American Athletic, Conference USA and the Sun Belt.
“The Mid-American Conference is proud to partner in the creation of the Bahamas Bowl beginning with the 2014 season and to feature the only bowl game outside of the United States,” said MAC commissioner John Steinbrecher. “This will truly be a one-of-its-kind bowl experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans. The Thomas A. Robinson Stadium will be a wonderful host venue and the accommodations with the Atlantis Resort will certainly be a destination to reward our football programs.”
“It’s symbolic of the growth of this conference in terms of the quality of what’s on the field and what people in the industry think of what our teams are capable of,” Steinbrecher said. “Each year, our student athletes and our coaches continue to grind and grind to build this organization, so it’s really been a collective effort of all involved to get us to this point.”
The MAC will play in the first two years, facing an AAC team in 2014, and a C-USA team in 2015. Few other details have been released, other than the location of the bowl. It will be played annually in Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, a multipurpose stadium, primarily used for world football matches, with capacity of up to 30,000. The stadium is located in Nassau, Bahamas.
As if college football needed another bowl game. This will be a logistical nightmare for athletic directors and SID's. Furthermore, the schools will probably lose money since more than likely they won't be able to sell enough ticket packages to their fan bases because most won't be able to afford it.
I'm sure the players will have a lot of fun on their "play-cation"