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Lions will host a college bowl game at Ford Field

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The Detroit Lions and the Big Ten have announced a partnership to host a bowl game every year at Ford Field, beginning after next year’s college football season.

The game, which won’t be named until a sponsor is found, is expected to kick off for the first time on December 30, 2014, although it’s possible that a TV network will move the game to another day.

We are thrilled to be hosting a new bowl game in Detroit that will be anchored by an annual commitment from the Big Ten,” Lions President Tom Lewand said in a statement. “In addition to showcasing our city and its rich football tradition, this game will be an opportunity for fans to enjoy a postseason matchup featuring one of college football’s best conferences.”

Detroit isn’t exactly most people’s idea of a great place to spend a winter vacation, but the city has hosted bowl games for several years. The current Detroit bowl game, known as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, will likely cease to exist with the Lions’ bowl game pushing it out.

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15 Responses to “Lions will host a college bowl game at Ford Field”
  1. mackcarrington says: Jul 17, 2013 7:04 PM

    “Won’t be named until a sponsor is found?”.

    Let me help. “The Ford Motor City Bowl.”

  2. tbutler704 says: Jul 17, 2013 7:04 PM

    The Ford Bowl?

  3. johnnycash19 says: Jul 17, 2013 7:30 PM

    There were talks about the Little Caesars bowl moving across the street to Comerica.

    Imagine that game. I don’t know if it would be awesome or stupid. I love football in the cold weather, but end of December might be to cold for an outdoor game in Detroit. It’d have to be one of the first games of the bowl season.

  4. philliesblow says: Jul 17, 2013 8:43 PM

    Finally the Lions are associated with a Bowl game. That’s just Super, it’s probably they only time they will ever be involved in one.

  5. GenXJay says: Jul 17, 2013 9:03 PM

    the lions play there. is that not college enough.

  6. packerbackernj says: Jul 17, 2013 9:03 PM

    They are finally good enough to beat a college team.

  7. bennyb82 says: Jul 17, 2013 9:48 PM

    ProFootballTalk Bowl…get on it Florio!

  8. jimmybrock says: Jul 17, 2013 10:50 PM

    Michigan would be a good choice for this game. Since they won’t be going to a BCS bowl anytime soon.

  9. miguelromerorhpat says: Jul 17, 2013 10:55 PM

    Maybe the Barry Sanders Bowl..

  10. 7milescott says: Jul 17, 2013 10:59 PM

    The real question is what place team in the B1G will play in it, and who the other conference affiliate will be. Please be a BCS conference, no offense MAC champion.

  11. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 17, 2013 11:23 PM

    Do we know yet what college team the Lions will be playing?

  12. viachicago22 says: Jul 18, 2013 12:36 AM

    Just please no Kid Rock halftime shows.

  13. kd75 says: Jul 18, 2013 4:56 AM

    Let me guess…Any Big 10 team with 8 wins vs any Big 12 team with at least 8 wins.

    Assuming each team accepts.

  14. whatjusthapped says: Jul 18, 2013 7:55 AM

    For the Lion’s fans in attendance, they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between college football and the product the Lion’s put on the field.

  15. voyager6 says: Jul 18, 2013 7:23 PM

    How about “Get Outta Bankrupcy” Bowl?

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