Boca Raton: Bowl game in FAU's future

    Boca Raton will be the backdrop of a new bowl game to be played at Florida Atlantic University’s football stadium starting in December 2014.

    Football fans in the South, Northeast and Midwest will be treated to television cameos of the city as they watch the Boca Raton Bowl on ESPN. Teams from the Mid-American Conference, Conference USA, and the American Athletic Conference will compete in the pre-Christmas matchup.

    “We are just as excited about it as you all are,” interim FAU President Dennis Crudele told City Council members Oct. 22. “Beginning next year the annual bowl game will begin bringing national media attention to our community, our university and our athletic programs.”

    Fighting Owls regular season games air on Fox Sports and CBS Sports. This football season is the university’s first in Conference USA. 

    Each winter, Boca Raton also gets national television exposure via the Allianz Championship golf tournament at the Broken Sound Club. And millions watched the presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney televised from Lynn University last year. 

— Steve Plunkett

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