San Diego County Credit Union Bowl Partners With The MAC

Updated 11/6/2013

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES PRIMARY PARTNERSHIP WITH SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION BOWL IN 2017 AND 2019 BOWL SEASONS

MAC will also be a secondary bowl partner with San Diego for four additional years
 
Cleveland, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced today a partnership with the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl as a primary bowl partner in 2017 and 2019, and a secondary bowl partner for the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 bowl seasons.
 
The MAC will play the Mountain West Conference in both the 2017 and 2019 bowl seasons, as the games will be played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif.  
 
Today’s announcement, in addition to the previous announcements of the Boca Raton Bowl, Bahamas Bowl and Miami Beach Bowl, is the fourth bowl announcements by the MAC and the centerpiece of a joint agreement between several FBS conferences. The Boca Raton Bowl, Bahamas Bowl and Miami Beach Bowl will be supported by several FBS conferences on a six-year rotating basis (2014-2019). 
 
“The Mid-American Conference is proud to partner with the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and provide yet another great destination for our student-athletes, fans and alumni,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Mid-American Conference Commissioner.  “We are excited to have the opportunity to come to San Diego with an opportunity to play a competitor from the Mountain West Conference.”
 
With the Boca Raton, Bahamas, Miami Beach and San Diego Bowl rotation, 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.
 
MAC Primary Bowl Partners 2014-19:
2014 Bowl Season:
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) 
Bahamas Bowl (Nassau, Bahamas; vs. American Athletic)
*Secondary bowl backup in San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
 
2015 Bowl Season: 
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. American Athletic)
Bahamas Bowl (Nassau, Bahamas; vs. Conference USA)
*Secondary bowl backup in San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
 
2016 Bowl Season: 
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West) 
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Bahamas Bowl (Nassau, Bahamas; vs. American Athletic)
Miami Beach Bowl (Miami, Fla.; vs. American Athletic)
*Secondary bowl backup in San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
 
2017 Bowl Season: 
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West)
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Bahamas Bowl (Nassau, Bahamas; vs. Sun Belt)
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego, Calif.; vs. Mountain West)
 
2018 Bowl Season: 
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)
Miami Beach Bowl (Miami, Fla.; vs. American Athletic)
*Secondary bowl backup in San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
 
2019 Bowl Season: 
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. American Athletic)
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego, Calif.; vs. Mountain West)
 
 
Beginning in the 2014 bowl season, the Boca Raton Bowl, Bahamas Bowl, Miami Beach Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl will become a rotation for two MAC bowl appearances as the fourth and fifth primary bowl partners for the Conference.
 
The MAC has long-term primary contracts with the Go Daddy Bowl (based in Mobile, Ala.) through the 2017 season and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (based in Boise, Ida.) and newly created Camellia Bowl (based in Montgomery, Ala.) through the 2019 season.
 
In October, the MAC announced the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl, a newly created bowl game to begin in 2014, which will be owned and operated by ESPN.  The Boca Raton Bowl will be a pre-Christmas bowl game and will be televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2.  The Boca Raton Bowl will be played at FAU Stadium, an open-air stadium opened in 2011 which seats nearly 30,000 fans on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.
 
Also in October, the MAC announced the creation of the Bahamas Bowl, a newly created bowl game to begin in 2014.  The Bahamas Bowl will be played at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, named for the Olympian track & field star, the stadium has the capacity of 15,000 and the ability to be expanded to hold as many as 30,000 fans.
 
The third bowl announcement featured the Miami Beach Bowl, a newly created bowl game to begin in 2014.  The Miami Beach Bowl will be played at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla., and the MAC will participate during the 2016 and 2018 bowl seasons against the American Athletic Conference.
 
Earlier this summer, the MAC announced the creation of the Camellia Bowl, a newly created bowl game to begin in 2014, which will be based in Montgomery, Alabama, owned and operated by ESPN. The Camellia Bowl will feature a MAC bowl eligible football program to face a member of the Sun Belt Conference for the next six consecutive football seasons (2014-2019) in a pre-Christmas game televised nationally by ESPN or ESPN2.
 
 
Quotes from around the Mid-American Conference:
 
Western Michigan University, President, Dr. John M. Dunn, MAC Council of Presidents:
“We're delighted at this expansion of opportunity for our student athletes, alumni and fans. This influx of new bowl locations, new agreements with other FBS conferences and expanded broadcast opportunities keeps the MAC vibrant and continues the growth and profile enhancement we've seen under Commissioner Steinbrecher.”
 
Kent State University, Director of Athletics, Joel Nielsen:
“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 locations, plus San Diego, South Florida and the Bahamas are great destinations for our fan base.”  
 
Ohio University, Head Football Coach, Frank Solich:
“Our commissioner, Jon Steinbrecher, and the Conference office have done a great job in putting together a bowl package of sites for the players and fans of the Mid-American Conference. This is a tremendous addition for the Mid-American Conference in terms of recruiting and excitement level as we continue to raise the league’s overall postseason platform. I hope our fans share in our excitement regarding this announcement.” 
 
Ball State University, Head Football Coach, Pete Lembo:
“We appreciate the ongoing efforts of Dr. Steinbrecher and the Mid-American Conference office to solidify additional bowl agreements for our teams. This bowl rotation will provide a great opportunity for a top MAC team to play in a destination that will be very attractive for the fan base. It is an exciting time to be a part of the Mid-American Conference.”
 
Bowling Green State University, Head Football Coach, Dave Clawson:
“We are appreciative of the efforts of the MAC to secure more bowl opportunities for our member schools.  The level of play has improved a great deal in my time at Bowling Green and it is exciting to see that more teams will be rewarded with guaranteed opportunities to have a bowl experience.”