Following up on a report that surfaced in May, the Detroit Lions have announced a six-year partnership with the Big Ten Conference for a bowl game to be played at Ford Field beginning in 2014.
The official title and sponsor of the game are TBD, and the tentative date is Dec. 30.
“We are thrilled to be hosting a new bowl game in Detroit that will be anchored by an annual commitment from the Big Ten,” said Detroit Lions Team President Tom Lewand in a statement. “In addition to showcasing our city and its rich football tradition, this game will be an opportunity for fans to enjoy a postseason matchup featuring one of college football’s best conferences.”
ESPN’s report two months ago said that the Big Ten will play an opponent from the ACC. The Little Caesars Bowl, which has been held in Ford Field, placed teams from the Big Ten and MAC.
“We are pleased to join with the Detroit Lions in creating this new postseason bowl game in Detroit,” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said. “The city of Detroit has played host to as many big-time sporting events as any other major city in America, from NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four and Regional games to the Super Bowl, World Series and NBA Finals. The support of the business and community leaders of Detroit coupled with a world-class facility in Ford Field and Detroit Lions’ management of the game will result in a meaningful experience for Big Ten teams and their fans.”