ESPN Creates Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama

Randy ChambersAnalyst IAugust 19, 2013


Hey, college football fans! There is now another college bowl matchup for you to look forward to beginning in 2014. ESPN Regional Television, a subsidiary of ESPN, has announced that the Camellia Bowl will be held in Montgomery, Alabama in December of next year.

The game will be a matchup between the Sun Belt Conference and Mid-American Conference, and will be played in the Cramton Bowl. The new bowl will be televised nationally before Christmas on ESPN or ESPN2.

ESPN couldn't be happier with this addition, says Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President & GM, ESPN Regional Television, per the report:

The Raycom All-Star game helped shine a new light on the city of Montgomery, and we took notice, said Derzis. From stadium improvements and opportunities for quality hospitality, to the downtown hotel properties, rich history and the wonderful museums like the Rosa Parks Center, it all came together for us. We have two conference partners excited about the bowl, a community we believe is hungry for a quality postseason event and civic and business leaders that have a great can-do spirit.

The potential teams that could play in this matchup include Arkansas State or Louisiana-Lafayette from the Sun Belt and Bowling Green or Northern Illinois from the MAC.

The Cramton Bowl does hold a lot of history and is a neat venue to host college football bowl games. Once home to Alabama Crimson Tide (off and on) from 1922 to 1954, the stadium has also held baseball games and high school football matchups through its 90 years of existence.

What helped push this deal through were the recent renovations that Cramton Bowl has experienced.

The stadium now holds 25,000 people and has up-to-date press boxes and locker rooms. The renovations are a drastic improvement from the 12,000 people the stadium held in 1946.

Alabama has proven time and time again that it lives and breathes college football. From the success of the Crimson Tide to the passionate fanbase that shows up regardless of where the team plays, there aren't many other places that deserve more recognition than Alabama.

The Camellia Bowl will join the Bowl (Mobile) and the BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham) as annual bowls that are held in Alabama.

The Bowl has conference tie-ins with the Sun Belt Conference and Mid American Conference, while the BBVA Compass Bowl is tied in with the The American and SEC with alternates being the C-USA and the MAC.