NEW ORLEANS – July 14, 2014 – R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl officials and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation announced today that the 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will be played on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 10 a.m. (CST) and will feature teams from the Sun Belt and Mountain West conferences. The game will be played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and will air on ESPN.
The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl extended its contracts with both the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA for the next six years, extending through the 2019 game.
“Since its inception in 2001, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and the Sun Belt Conference have been great partners. The bowl game has always provided a first-class experience for Sun Belt Conference members and the hospitality of the bowl and the city of New Orleans has treated our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans very well,” said Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson. “We value this game that is played in the headquarters city of the Sun Belt Conference, and we look forward to many more years of success in the game.”
“The New Orleans Bowl has been an outstanding longtime partner of Conference USA,” C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said. “We are very pleased to participate in a great bowl game in a terrific destination like New Orleans. We also look forward to working with our other conference partners in maximizing these wonderful opportunities for our student-athletes.”
For the 2014 game, the Mountain West Conference will replace Conference USA as the opponent to the Sun Belt representative. This year’s matchup between Sun Belt Conference and Mountain West will expose the game, hospitality and entertainment of New Orleans to a new geographical audience of fans.
“We are pleased to again be associated with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl,” said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. “The City of New Orleans is a premier postseason destination, and the Mountain West has a great history in the bowl, with Colorado State’s participation in the inaugural 2001 game and San Diego State’s 2011 appearance. We look forward to sending another high-quality representative as a culmination to the 2014 college football season.”
In its 14th year, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and its affiliated events continue to grow and create significant impact on the city of New Orleans, generating an estimated economic impact exceeding $25 million annually.
“With an enthusiastic record crowd of over 54,000 at this past R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, we can't help but be excited about the quality and quantity of anticipated attendance this year,” said New Orleans Bowl Chairman Ron Gardner. “Especially with the Mountain West Conference and its fan base joining us in this December's matchup as part of what will be their third time participating in this terrific event. All activities leading up to and through the game should be a delight for the teams, visiting fans and viewers alike."
Organized in 2001, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl is managed by the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, which was established in 1988 to attract, manage and promote sporting events in the greater New Orleans area for the purposes of economic impact.
For more information on the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, visit www.neworleansbowl.org.