FAU to Host Annual Boca Raton Bowl Starting in 2014

It looks like something called the Boca Raton Bowl is a thing now, thanks to ESPN. And it will be played every year before Christmas at the stadium formerly known as Owlcatraz at FAU.

On Friday, ESPN announced the new bowl game, which will be played at least for the next six years, staring in 2014.

The game will be aired nationally on ESPN or ESPN2 the day before Christmas.


"Our community is excited to serve as hosts for the Boca Raton Bowl," said FAU director of athletics, Patrick Chun, in a press release from ESPN. "The national exposure associated with ESPN will be beneficial to our region, county, city and university on many levels. We are thankful to all of our local government officials and community leaders for making this game a reality. We look forward to building one of the best bowl experiences in college football."

"We are pleased to be able to bring post season college football to the Boca Raton area and host institutions from the MAC, American and C-USA," added Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President & GM, ESPN Regional Television.

As Derzis alluded to, the Boca Raton Bowl will be affiliated with the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference. Each conference will participate in four times during the six-year span.

It's a great get for FAU, after a year fraught with embarrassments, from the Owlcatraz fiasco, to the university president being accused of hitting a student with her car, to the president resigning, to that crazy professor that thinks every horrific national tragedy is somehow a government conspiracy.

A bowl game is a big deal. Even if it's mostly meaningless, and it features the MAC.

The name also gives Boca some national recognition. That is, until, the naming rights are sold and it becomes the Dollar General Bowl or something.

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