Marlins Park will soon host college football bowl games - not just subpar baseball. (MLB Photos via Getty Images)
The Mid-American Conference will have a tie-in with the newly created Miami Beach Bowl, the conference announced Thursday.
The bowl, which will be played in Marlins Park, kicks off in 2014. As part of a rotation of FBS conferences, the MAC will have a berth during the 2016 and 2018 bowl seasons.
In a statement, MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said the bowl offers an exciting opportunity for the league.
“The Mid-American Conference is proud to have a tie-in with the Miami Beach Bowl as part of this collaborative effort among FBS conferences,” said Steinbrecher. “We are excited for our student-athletes, fans and alumni to have the opportunity to come to South Florida as a bowl destination during the holidays for the 2016 and 2018 bowl seasons.”
The MAC announced the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl and the Bahamas Bowl earlier this month.
Starting in the 2014 college football season, the MAC will have a minimum five guaranteed bowl opportunities:
• The GoDaddy Bowl vs. Sun Belt
• Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Mountain West
• Camellia Bowl vs. Sun Belt
• Boca Raton Bowl vs. Conference USA
• Bahamas Bowl vs. American Athletic