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UC's Conference Introduces the Miami Beach Bowl

MIAMI (WKRC) -- The American Athletic Conference, in conjunction with Marlins Park, has announced the creation of the Miami Beach Bowl -- a groundbreaking event that will bring postseason college football back to Miami.

The Miami Beach Bowl will be played at Marlins Park in Miami beginning with the 2014 season. The game will be owned and administered by the American Athletic Conference, which will hire a full-time operations staff that will be based in Marlins Park. Television and title sponsorship agreements will be announced at a later date.

We are excited to bring postseason football back to Miami, said American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco. And we are equally excited to be able to provide this experience to our student-athletes and fans. The Miami Beach Bowl fulfills our goal of providing postseason opportunities in desirable locations that are easily accessible for our fans. This state-of-the art venue will provide a great stage for our student-athletes and institutions.

We are proud to be able to stage this game at Marlins Park - the site of the original Orange Bowl, where some of the greatest players and coaches in college and professional football history have performed, said Senior Associate Commissioner Nick Carparelli. We have received great support from the Miami and South Florida communities and that ongoing partnership will make this game successful.

We are very pleased to host the Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park, said Marlins President David Samson. Bringing postseason football back to the site of the Orange Bowl should bring a smile to the faces of college football fans throughout South Florida. The history of college football in Miami is replete with fond memories of great players making historic plays on these hallowed grounds. Marlins Park is a perfect venue for exciting college football, and we look forward to many memorable matchups in the years to come.

The Miami Beach Bowl will match an American Athletic Conference team against an opponent from either Conference USA, the Sun Belt Conference or the Mid-American Conference. Institutions from other conference across the country will also have the ability to participate. The existing contract covers six seasons, beginning in 2014.

Marlins Park opened in 2012 and serves as the home of Major League Baseballs Miami Marlins. The state-of-the-art facility will seat 34,000 for football and has 50 luxury suites, a retractable roof, climate controlled temperatures and a pristine natural grass playing surface.

The Miami Beach Bowl is the latest addition to the American Athletic Conferences postseason lineup that takes effect in 2014. The conference previously announced partnerships with the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, the Beef O Bradys Bowl St. Petersburg, the BBVA Compass Bowl, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, the Boca Raton Bowl and the Bahamas Bowl.

Information from American Athletic Conference



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