September 29, 2009

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and the commissioners of the Big East and Big 12 will announce at a news conference Wednesday the formation of the Yankee Bowl, to be held at the new Yankee Stadium beginning with the 2010-11 postseason, according to sources with knowledge of the event.

The game, which will seek NCAA certification next spring, would reportedly pit the Big East's fourth-place team against the Big 12's No. 7 selection. Organizers plan to hold the first edition between Dec. 29, 2010 and Jan. 2, 2011.

The proposed bowl would be the first staged in the New York area since Nebraska and Miami met in the 1962 Gotham Bowl, played at the original Yankee Stadium, and the first in the Northeast since the 1981 Garden State Bowl in East Rutherford, N.J.

Assuming all other existing bowls are approved, the Yankee Bowl would become the 35th in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Big East and Big 12, which previously shared a partnership with the Gator and Sun bowls, were seeking a new postseason destination now that the Gator has partnered with the Big Ten and the Sun with the ACC.

The Big East previously announced it would send its No. 2 selection to the Champs Sports Bowl beginning next season and is expected to announce an extension with the Meineke Car Care Bowl for its third choice. The Big 12 is expected to retain its seven other current bowl partners.

Yankees officials previously announced agreements for several regular-season college football games to be played at the new stadium, beginning with Army-Notre Dame next season. Army will also play games there in 2011 (against Rutgers), 2012 (Air Force) and 2014 (Boston College). From 1925-46, the Fighting Irish and Black Knights met regularly at one of New York's baseball fields, including the famous 0-0 tie between No. 1 Army and No. 2 Notre Dame in the teams' 1946 game at Yankee Stadium.

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