WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The Military Bowl is headed to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
The DC Bowl Committee and Events DC announced Monday that this year’s game will be moved from RFK Stadium in Washington to the venue that is home to the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen.
The Dec. 27 game presented by Northrop Grumman to benefit the USO will be the sixth annual Military Bowl. The move was first reported by The Capital of Annapolis.
This year’s game will feature a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference and an opponent from Conference USA. It will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
The bowl has been at RFK since its inception in 2008, and the switch is only for this upcoming season. But Annapolis is likely to become the permanent home, with bowl organizers negotiating contracts with conference partners for 2014 and beyond.
The bowl, which was originally named the EagleBank Bowl when it started in 2008, was the first college football bowl game to be played in the D.C. area. Wake Forest topped Navy in the bowl’s inaugural year, with UCLA beating Temple the following year.
In 2010, the bowl re-branded as the Military Bowl. Maryland beat East Carolina that year and Toledo edged Air Force in 2011. San Jose State claimed the Military Bowl title by defeating Bowling Green, 29-20, last December.
Navy-Marine Corp Stadium was renovated in 2004 and holds 34,000. RFK Stadium seats more than 50,000 for football. The Military Bowl’s average attendance has been about 27,000. Last season San Jose State and Bowling Green drew only 17,835.
DC Bowl Committee President and Executive Director Steve Beck says the move brings the game to a facility that honors men and women who have served in the nation’s armed forces.
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