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Just Call It “The Yankee Bowl”

The New York Yankees announced today that Yankee Stadium will host an annual college football bowl game between the Big East Conference and the Big 12 Conference, with the first game slated to be played at the conclusion of the 2010 college football regular season.

The yet-to-be-named bowl game will pit the Big East conference’s third or fourth selection against the Big 12 conference’s seventh selection and will take place sometime between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  It marks the first NCAA football bowl game in the Bronx since the Gotham Bowl on December 15, 1962, when Nebraska edged Miami (Fla.), 36-34, at the original Yankee Stadium.

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“This is a great day for the New York City and the Bronx, as we bring a premier college football bowl game to Yankee Stadium,” said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner.  “When we constructed this Stadium, it was our intention to create a first-class baseball stadium as well as a venue capable of holding a variety of unique and memorable events.”

A vote to approve the bowl game was passed by both conferences with a four-year agreement in place (through 2013).  The NCAA is expected to formalize the four-year bowl agreement in April, 2010.  Should the Big 12 representative not qualify for bowl eligibility under NCAA guidelines, Notre Dame has agreed to take part in the Yankee Stadium bowl game against a Big East opponent, barring Notre Dame’s availability to participate.

“There is no better place during the holiday season to host big events than New York City, and no one does big events better than New York City,” said Yankees President Randy Levine.  “Hosting two of college football’s premier conferences in an annual bowl game will give sports fans from all over the country a unique opportunity to experience and enjoy Yankee Stadium.  It is a tremendous honor to bring the excitement and prestige of college football to the great stage of Yankee Stadium and the great city of New York.”

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“What better place for a big game between the Big 12 and the Big East than the Big Apple,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Not only will it give fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to close out their season and the year in the world’s most exciting City, it will also give us a chance to introduce New York City to thousands of new visitors, including college students and football fans from the South, East, and Midwest. Over the last several years we’ve targeted events that might seem unconventional for New York City – like the Country Music Awards or NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Champions Week – for just that reason: they highlight the City to new audiences. An annual college football bowl game is the latest example, and – with an anticipated economic impact of $47 million – we’re thrilled to join the Yankees and play host.”

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The Bowl Game Host Committee will be managed by Mark Holtzman, the bowl’s Executive Director, and Maureen Reidy, the bowl’s Director.

As one of the world’s most prestigious addresses, the original Yankee Stadium played host to a number of college football games from the year it opened in 1923, including New York University and Fordham home games and the two schools’ annual matchup. From 1925-46, and again in 1969, the annual Notre Dame-Army football game took place at Yankee Stadium, including the memorable “win one for the Gipper” matchup in 1928, and the 1946 contest which ended in a scoreless tie and featured four Heisman Trophy winners (Doc Blanchard, Glenn Davis, Johnny Lujack and Leon Hart).  From 1968-73 and ’76-87, Grambling played a series of home games at Yankee Stadium, known as the Whitney M. Young Urban Classic.

The original Yankee Stadium was also the home for scores of other sports, entertainment and cultural events, including boxing, professional football, soccer, political assemblies, three Papal masses, religious conventions, concerts, NYU commencement and the circus.

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Today’s news comes two months after it was announced that Yankee Stadium will host the Notre Dame-Army game on November 20, 2010, as well as a series of Army home football games vs. Rutgers in 2011, Air Force in 2012 and Boston College in 2014.

The Yankees will have a future announcement regarding ticket availability for the general public.

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