DETROIT – The Detroit Lions announced today that they have entered into a six-year partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference for a bowl game that will be played at Ford Field beginning in 2014. The team previously announced a six-year partnership with the Big Ten Conference.
The game will be officially named once sponsorship agreements are in place. The inaugural game is tentatively scheduled for December 30, 2014 (pending TV broadcast schedule).
“We are excited to finalize our conference partnerships for this new bowl game in Detroit,” said Detroit Lions Team President Tom Lewand. “Having representatives from two elite conferences like the ACC and Big Ten will provide fans with an exciting college football postseason matchup for years to come.
At the end of each college football season, both conferences will determine their team representatives after discussion between bowl and conference officials to create the best possible matchup.
“The new bowl game in Detroit has great potential and support in being hosted by the Detroit Lions, which is a first-class organization,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We look forward to another postseason matchup with the Big Ten and the opportunity to play at Ford Field.”
The Detroit Lions become only the second NFL team (Houston Texans, 2006) to officially host and operate a college football bowl game. The team’s entertainment division, DLI Entertainment, has promoted multiple large scale shows and events at Ford Field, including seven consecutive sold out Kenny Chesney concerts, Taylor Swift, The Basketbowl (2003), 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Regionals, 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four and the 2010 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four.
About the Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and play their home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. The team located to Detroit in 1934 and are the National Football League's fifth oldest franchise. The Detroit Lions most recently made the NFL playoffs in 2011, when they finished with a 10-6 record. In addition to professional football, the Detroit Lions have a very visible and active community relations role in the Detroit area. With a focus on health and wellness and community revitalization, the Lions have contributed $6.2 million through philanthropic efforts since 1991. For more information visit www.Detroitlions.com.
About the ACC
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 61st year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. The ACC membership, consisting of Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, continues to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity. For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @theACC and on facebook.com/theACC.