(Providence, RI) Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced that the American Athletic Conference has entered into a long-term partnership with the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, beginning with the 2014 football season.
The American will send an eligible team to the Military Bowl each year from 2014 through 2019.
“We are proud to announce this partnership with the Military Bowl,” said Aresco. “Our objectives when choosing bowl partners are to find quality matchups in desirable destinations attractive to our teams, coaches and fans. The Military Bowl not only meets these objectives, it embodies the core values and identity of our reinvented Conference. We admire the work of the DC Bowl Committee in supporting the USO and our men and women in uniform. We look forward to creating memorable experiences in the National Capital Region for our student-athletes and fans.”
The Military Bowl will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. – the home site of future American member Navy – beginning in 2013. The first five editions of the game were held at RFK Stadium in Washington.
The American Athletic Conference representative in the Military Bowl will come from a pool of the third through sixth selections of bowl-eligible teams.
“We are excited to partner with the American Athletic Conference as it reestablishes its brand,” said Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck. “We expect The American to field a highly-competitive league. With so many schools and their alumni within driving distance, we believe fans will come out and support their teams in our game.”
Organized by the DC Bowl Committee and Events DC since its inception in 2008, the Military Bowl is a premier event that benefits the USO and other organizations in support of members of the armed forces and their families.
The American Athletic Conference will announce its remaining bowl partnerships as they are made final.