DATE AND TIME FOR 2015 BOCA RATON BOWL SET

Game will be played in similar Tuesday evening slot as it was in 2014

BOCA RATON, Fla. (Thursday, May 21, 2015)– The 2015 Boca Raton Bowl will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 22, as announced by Boca Raton Bowl executive director Doug Mosley. The game will be televised on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET from FAU Stadium, located on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
“This is a date and time that will be very familiar to Boca Raton Bowl fans,” said Mosley. “Our inaugural game was on the Tuesday evening before Christmas and it was a very popular event for families who came out for the afternoon fan fest and kids activities, as well as the hospitality areas and live music. We’ll be in a similar spot in the calendar for this year’s game and it is our hope to make this event an annual holidays tradition in Palm Beach County.”

The first Boca Raton Bowl game was played on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, kicked off at 6 p.m., and was also televised on ESPN. Marshall University, the champion of Conference USA, defeated Northern Illinois University, the champion of the Mid-American Conference 52-23.
“The inaugural Boca Raton Bowl brought a great atmosphere and high level of excitement to our city and we’re looking to build upon that this year,” said Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie. “We’re eager to welcome the participating teams and fans to Boca Raton and share with them our extraordinary level of hospitality.”

The 2015 Boca Raton Bowl will have primary tie-ins for teams from the Mid-American Conference and the American Athletic Conference. The bowl week activities are under development but will begin with the arrival of the participating teams on Friday, Dec. 18. The team from the Mid-American Conference will make its headquarters at the Boca Raton Resort and Spa and the American Athletic Conference team will be at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. Dates, times and sites for the team welcome parties, beach parties, luncheon, pep rallies and other activities will be released at a later date.

“The Boca Raton Bowl returns for a second year in December of 2015 to Palm Beach County,” said Palm Beach County Deputy Administrator Verdenia Baker. “This is a welcomed addition to our destination known for its “Life Style Sports Tourism”. The county-wide economic benefits and the invitation to “Discover the Palm Beaches Florida” with national television audience visibility on ESPN is a powerful statement of the importance of our hospitality and tourism industry. Our partnership with the City of Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University and ESPN to provide an unforgettable visit to the Palm Beaches for these college student-athletes, their families and their alumni will showcase our destination to potential visitors from across the nation and the world.”

The Boca Raton Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and has its office at 1515 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton. In addition to the Mid-American Conference and American Athletic Conference, the bowl also has a tie-in with Conference USA. For more information on the Boca Raton Bowl, see its web site at THEBocaRatonBowl.com or follow it through social media on Facebook (Facebook.com/BocaBowl) and Twitter (@BocaBowl).

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, nine college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Orlando Kickoff (Florida); Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Collegiate Basketball
Armed Forces Classic (Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan); DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic Presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (Hartford/Storrs, Conn.); Orlando Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan) and State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago)

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