NASSAU, Bahamas – With college bowl season upon us the invitations are starting to roll out and we are excited to announce that Middle Tennessee and Toledo have accepted bids to the 2021 Bahamas Bowl set for Friday, Dec. 17 in Nassau’s Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.
The Bahamas Bowl is an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game played annually in Nassau, Bahamas, at the 15,000-seat Thomas Robinson Stadium. The Bahamas Bowl, which will kick off the 2021 Bowl Season, is the longest-running international bowl game in college football history. The inaugural edition of the Bahamas Bowl, played in 2014, was the first major (FBS or historical equivalent) bowl game to be played outside the United States and Canada between two U.S. teams since January 1, 1937, Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba. The Bowl has tie-ins with the Mid-American Conference and Conference USA.
Middle Tennessee (6-6, 4-4 C-USA) and Toledo (7-5, 5-3 MAC) will play for The Prime Minister’s Trophy, awarded to the champion of the Bahamas Bowl. It will be a return to The Bahamas for both schools, as Middle Tennessee participated in the 2015 game, and Toledo played in the 2018 edition.
“Congratulations to Middle Tennessee and Toledo, along with their student-athletes, coaches, staffs and fans on their invitation to the 2021 Bahamas Bowl. Both schools had very successful seasons, and we are very excited about the matchup of the Blue Raiders and Rockets on December 17. We know everyone involved with Middle Tennessee and Toledo will have a wonderful experience during bowl week in the Bahamas and at the Atlantis Bahamas resort.” Richard Giannini, Executive Director of the Bahamas Bowl
This year Team IP will hold the largest market share of college bowl games by any one company by being the official souvenir merchandiser and online retail provider to 19 of the 44 post-season bowl games.
“It’s an honor to be a part of Bowl Season, and all of our bowl partnerships, which is my favorite time of the year. After last season we are excited to return to the stadiums and do what we do best. Bring on the team hotels, pre-bowl events, and GAMEDAY!” Randy Sparks Team IP CEO and Founder
Team IP 2021 College Bowl Games:
Cure Bowl – Exploria Stadium
Tax Act Camellia Bowl – Cramton Bowl
Bahamas Bowl – Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium
Myrtle Beach Bowl – Brooks Stadium
Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl – Toyota Stadium
Boca Raton Bowl – FAU Stadium
SDCCU Holiday Bowl – Petco Park
San Francisco Bowl – TBD
Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl – Raymond James Stadium
Servpro First Responders Bowl – Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Outback Bowl – Raymond James Stadium
Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl – Legion Stadium
Taxslayer Gator Bowl – TIAA Stadium
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Albertsons Stadium
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – Amon G. Carter Stadium
Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl – Independence Stadium
Montgomery Bowl – Cramton Bowl
Lending Tree Bowl – Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Reese’s Senior Bowl – Hancock Whitney Stadium
About The Bahamas Bowl: The Bahamas Bowl will provide student-athletes, conference partners, alumni, fans and sponsors a first-class international bowl experience while promoting The Bahamas and highlighting the educational and athletic opportunities for the youth of The Islands through college football. The seventh-annual Bahamas Bowl, the longest-running international bowl game in college football history, will take place in Nassau, Bahamas on December 17 at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium between Middle Tennessee from Conference USA and Toledo from the Mid-American Conference. The game will be televised nationally in the United States on ESPN.
About ESPN Events: ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes five early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and a college softball event, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
About Team IP: Recognized as the No. 1 Souvenir Merchandiser for amateur sports in the U.S., Team IP provides decorated apparel and branded promotional products for its three divisions; Events, Digital, and Corporate. Founded in 1992, the company has grown exponentially, currently servicing more than 2,200 events annually while “Serving clients for over 30 years.” Team IP is the exclusive provider of merchandise for major championship events, including 13 Disney-owned ESPN College Football Bowl games, and 6 others to include the Outback, Gator, Holiday, Independence, San Francisco, LendingTree, and Senior Bowls and various USOPC Olympic national championships, Junior Olympics, and Olympic Trials. Team IP has the #1 market share for High School State Championships and is the exclusive provider of merchandise for NFHS members Florida (FHSAA), Georgia (GHSA), Alabama (AHSAA), Indiana (IHSAA), Kentucky (KHSAA), Massachusetts (MIAA), Texas (UIL), and Texas (TAPPS). Team IP is also a five-time recipient of the INC 500/5000 Award presented to the fastest-growing companies in the nation. For more information visit TeamIP.com + social media.