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Bahamas Bowl will kick off on Christmas Eve

Nassau, Bahamas

The Bahamas Bowl, a brand new bowl game that will pair teams from the MAC and Conference USA, will kick off on December 24 in Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in Nassau. The game will be given a noon kickoff and will be televised by an ESPN network.

Thomas Robinson Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium with a seating capacity of 15,000 but has the ability to expand to 30,000. It is typically used for soccer matches and has a track running around the field. The view of the game may be less than ideal for some football fans, but the organizers of the new bowl game are confident they will be able to provide an enjoyable experience that will keep fans coming back.

“Our sports team is now working diligently with us to make sure that this event is successful and that the world now knows that we can not only attract events to this destination, but we can execute it,” Greg Rolle, director of sports at the Ministry of Tourism said, according to one report. “Once you execute it right and do it professionally, you can go back and say that the Bahamas is a small country, but they have some big aspirations and they do some things right.”

Conference USA recently took a larger stake in the new bowl game, assuring the conference more spots in the postseason game. The American Athletic Conference and Sun Belt Conference also have ties to the bowl game and will get an opportunity to send teams to the game somewhere in the six-year agreement currently set up.

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7 Responses to “Bahamas Bowl will kick off on Christmas Eve”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: May 8, 2014 9:52 AM

    Who cares about the view…. it’s in the Bahamas. Starting to wish UH was still in C-USA so there’d be a chance they’d play there. That would be a nice bowl trip! Scuba in the morning and football in the evening!

  2. manik56 says: May 8, 2014 11:10 AM

    A shame the Pirates arent in CUSA this year. This would be a fun one to attend.

  3. planecrashguy says: May 8, 2014 11:43 AM

    Don’t wish them any bad luck, but I can’t see this bowl lasting more than a few years. The logistics of playing internationally, on short notice, will be not only challenging but also expensive. For example, how many athletes or staff at a typical mid-major have passports? Looks like a school will have less than a month from accepting a bid to get passports for at least one hundred people. Its doable, but will require a lot of work.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: May 8, 2014 11:55 AM

    The Hawai’i Bowl has been around a while and it’s much more expensive to fly to Hawai’i than the Bahamas.

    The passport issue is a real problem. I would imagine the NCAA may have some pull at the state department to get any needed passports expedited though.

  5. planecrashguy says: May 8, 2014 1:28 PM


    Sure, flying to Hawaii is more expensive than to Nassau. Add in the cost of 100 expedited passports (roughly $20K), however, and now which trip is more expensive? Even if the could get them at the standard cost, still looking at over $13K.

    The logistics of a short notice trip like this are more significant than the money. How many of the kids have their birth certificates readily to hand? How easy is it to get 18 year old kids to fill out a passport application and get a passport photo taken in a timely manner? How much work is there involved with customs considering the sheer volume of gear a football takes on the road? What happens if a player gets busted while there?

    As I said, lots of challenges to overcome in a short time.

  6. scoops1 says: May 8, 2014 2:03 PM

    these kids are going to be playing the game either hungover or drunk as hell…..

  7. planecrashguy says: May 8, 2014 2:23 PM

    *laughs* Why should this be different than any other bowl game?

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