The Holiday Bowl in San Diego has reached a six-year deal with the Big Ten and Pac-12 to participate in its bowl, the bowl announced Monday. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, which will now be in Santa Clara in the 49ers’ new stadium, also announced a six-year deal with the two conferences. In addition, the Sun Bowl just announced a six-year deal with the conference to keep a Pac-12 team coming to El Paso each winter.
Washington upset Nebraska 19-7 in the 2010 Holiday Bowl, the only bowl win for the program since Steve Sarkisian took over.
A portion of the press release on the Holiday Bowl agreement:
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl today announced six-year agreements that will establish a new partnership with the Big Ten and significantly improve the Bowl’s selection rights in the Pac-12. Both pacts will run from 2014 through 2019.
Effective with the new match-up, the Bowl will be played in the new 68,500 seat Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, future home of the NFL San Francisco 49ers and site of the Super Bowl in 2016.
“Our objective entering negotiations for the next bowl cycle was to elevate the game,” said Bowl Executive Director Gary Cavalli. “Specifically, we wanted to move up in the Pac-12 and secure the highest quality opponent possible. We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to achieve both goals. With a Pac-12 vs. Big Ten matchup and a new world-class stadium, we’ve positioned our game very well for the future.”
Under terms of its renewal with the Pac-12, the Bowl will have the No. 4 pick, within parameters established by the conference, [after the Rose/Playoff Group, Alamo and Holiday Bowls], a jump of two positions from its current No. 6. The Bowl will work with the Big Ten to create the best possible matchup for the Pac-12 and ensure that at least five different Big Ten teams visit the Bay Area during the six-year term.
“The opportunity for the Big Ten Conference to play an annual bowl game in a world-class city like San Francisco, in a state-of-the-art, new NFL stadium, and in an area rich in football tradition appealed to our Directors of Athletics and head coaches,” Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany said.
Sun Bowl press release:
Pac-12 teams have combined for a total of 29 appearances in the Hyundai Sun Bowl for an overall record of 16-12-1, including a 10-7 record over the last 18 years. Seven of the bowl’s all-time highest attended games have featured a Pac-12 team.