The MAC Makes the Bahamas Bowl Official, To Begin Play In 2014

Sam Greenwood

The MAC is going global with plans to begin playing a bowl game in the Bahamas in 2014.

And then there were five.

Monday morning the Mid-American Conference formally announced the creation of the oft-rumored Bahamas Bowl, brining the conference's primary bowl tie-ins to five beginning in the 2014 season after the conference announced the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl a week ago.

MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher offers his thoughts on the MAC's newest bowl game.

The bowl was created in partnership with Conference-USA and the American Athletic Conference, and will feature all three teams competing in it on a rolling basis over the first six years. 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.

The game is the only bowl game to be played outside of the United States, and surely will be a logistical nightmare for sports information directors around the college football landscape, as they try to round up passports for an entire team, far enough in advance.

With bowl games located in Boca Raton, Fl. and now the Bahamas, some have begun to speculate on the MAC's plans for the future.

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