NASSAU, Bahamas (SunBeltSports.org) – Complete Sports Management President Lea Miller announced Monday that the Bahamas Bowl will join the bowl line-up in 2014 as the only postseason college football game outside of the United States.
The inaugural Bahamas Bowl will kick off in December 2014 at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. Named for the Olympian track & field star, the stadium currently has a capacity of 15,000 people, but has the ability to be expanded to hold as many as 30,000.
"To be able to bring these five conferences together who have such strong commitments to academics and athletics is an honor," Miller said. "To be able to create a new college football Bowl game with them with the support of the entire country of the Bahamas in a historic venue is a dream come true. As the college sporting world knows, this is yet another sporting event we're bringing to the Bahamas after two highly successful years of the Battle 4 Atlantis, college basketball's premier early season basketball tournament."
Five conferences will be represented on a rotational basis in the Bahamas. Commissioners from Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference and Sun Belt Conference, and a representative from the American Athletic Conference were on hand for Monday's official announcement with the Bahamas Minister of Tourism.
"The Sun Belt Conference is thrilled to be part of this new football bowl game," said Commissioner Karl Benson. "Our student-athletes and fans look forward to being able to enjoy the history and traditions of Nassau and the country of the Bahamas while at the same time being part of the history that will come with this event."