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U.S. college football coming to Bahamas

New stadium to be site for games
  • Washington quarterback Keith Price, right, is tackled by Stanford's Jarel Lancaster during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, California, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. Plans are in the works for college football bowl games to be held in The Bahamas at the new Thomas A. Robinson stadium. AP

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Oct 07, 2013

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Days after the Miami Heat basketball team left the country, Guardian Sports learned that American college football bowl games will be the next hot sports events coming to The Bahamas.

Citing Lea Miller of Complete Sports Management, CBS Sports reported that commissioners from five conferences will be part of a news conference in The Bahamas on October 14 making “an exciting announcement about postseason college football”.

According to CBS Sports, Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson has confirmed the announcement is for a six-year bowl-game agreement with Mountain West as a backup player, participating “maybe once in six years”.  Conference USA and the MAC are believed to be spearheading the game and will be primary participants, CBS Sports added.

Thompson, MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky, Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson and

American Athletic Conference Senior Associate Commissioner Nick Carparelli are expected to attend the news conference at the Thomas Robinson Stadium, said CBS Sports.  The games are expected to be played at the stadium.

The 15,000-seat arena was a gift to the country from the People’s Republic of China.  It was officially opened on February 25, 2012.  Since then, it has been the chosen venue for the 2013 CARIFTA Games, the Chris Brown Invitational and the friendly match with the Tottenham Hotspurs and Jamaica Reggae Boyz.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays are also set to be held in 2014 and 2015 in The Bahamas.


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