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.”
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