Boca Raton, Fla. (October 20, 2014) – As part of an agreement with ESPN, the Boca Raton Bowl will be joining with the Orange Bowl Committee (OBC) for its inaugural game in which the OBC will provide operational and media relations assistance.
“We welcome the Boca Raton Bowl to the South Florida sports scene and are pleased to be able to assist the Boca Raton Bowl for its inaugural game,” said Orange Bowl Committee President and Chair Luis Boué. “We look forward to providing our resources and past experiences to assist the Boca Raton Bowl in establishing the game as a notable sporting event in South Florida.”
For more than 80 years, the Orange Bowl Committee has been one of South Florida’s leading civic organizations, driving tourism and economic development, while supporting scholarships and community athletic facilities. Inspiring thousands of student athletes every year, the OBC’s activities help foster youth confidence, celebrate student achievement, engage the community and enhance the South Florida economy.
The inaugural Boca Raton Bowl, announced by ESPN in October 2013, will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. In an agreement with the American Athletic Conference, Conference-USA and Mid-American Conference a team from each conference will make four appearances over the next six years, with Conference-USA and the Mid-American Conference squaring off this year. The game will be televised on ESPN at 6 p.m.
The Orange Bowl Committee is a non-profit sports organization that has promoted and served the South Florida community since 1935. It features a year-round schedule of events devoted to providing economic impact (nearly $300 million per a 2012-13 study) and the support of youth programs, youth sporting events, organizations, causes, intercollegiate athletics and higher education. The Committee invests nearly $1 million annually in the community and over the last five years has spearheaded legacy projects that combined have provided approximately $10 million worth of improvements to South Florida parks.
ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes two Labor Day weekend college football games; 11 college bowl games and eight college basketball events, which accounts for approximately 200 hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over a half a million 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.
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada) and The Home Depot College Football Awards (Orlando, Fla.)
Armed Forces Classic (U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, PR); DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s & Women’s Basketball Classics Presented by Corona (New York City & Notre Dame, Ind.); Orlando Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, PR) and State Farm Champions Classic (Indianapolis)
About the Orange Bowl Committee
The Orange Bowl Committee is a 350-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. The OBC features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31, 2014. Other Orange Bowl Committee core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Orange Bowl Swim Classic and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships. For more information on the 2014-15 Orange Bowl events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread, log on to www.orangebowl.org.