There's a new bowl game in town: The newly created Frisco Bowl has snatched away the game formerly known as the Miami Beach Bowl, and will be played from its new Frisco home beginning December 2017.
The Frisco Bowl is now owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, and is affiliated with the American Athletic Conference. Sorry Miami, but that's just how it had to be. Frisco is a force of nature. We can only stand by and watch.
For those who really like to pencil out their future well in advance, the game will air on ESPN on December 20, at 7 pm at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. Toyota Stadium is the home of FC Dallas of Major League Soccer and host to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Championship Game since 2010. It has a football capacity of 20,500.
ESPN VP Clint Overby says that they're happy to host this game "in one of the most vibrant football markets in the country." One would presume he means the Dallas area, but his quote seems to indicate that he too has been caught up in the Frisco frenzy.
"The infrastructure and facilities that exist in Frisco are outstanding and will be an excellent venue for the teams, players, administrators, and fans traveling into the marketplace," he says in a release.
Visit Frisco events director Josh Dill says that the city is excited to be a part of creating the Frisco Bowl, calling it "a great fit for our city because sports truly is a pillar of our community."
The Miami Beach Bowl was held at Marlins Park in Miami from 2014-16, with an American Athletic Conference team facing an opponent from Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, or the Sun Belt Conference. Memphis won the inaugural event in 2014, followed by Western Kentucky in 2015 and Tulsa in 2016.
ESPN Events is a division of ESPN that owns and operates a portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 13 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, and two college award shows. Much sports.