Since its inception in 2008, the Washington-area’s college football bowl game (called the EagleBank Bowl in its first two years) had been played at RFK Stadium.
For the first time in its history, in 2012 the Military Bowl hosted a ranked team as San Jose State beat Bowling Green en route to finishing the season ranked No. 21 nationally.
A bowl-record crowd of 38,794 saw Maryland beat C-USA member East Carolina in 2010.
This year will mark first time a bowl has been played ay Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
“This move puts our game into a facility that honors the men and women who have served in our armed forces,” DC Bowl Committee President & Executive Director Steve Beck said.
“Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is truly a venue that is in line with our mission of supporting our nation’s military and raising awareness for organizations supporting the Armed Forces.”
The agreement with the Military Bowl gives Conference USA six primary bowl agreements for the 2013 season.
The league also has commitments with the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., Heart of Dallas Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Texas, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl.
These partnerships include opponents from six different conferences.
It is important to note that a Conference USA champion may qualify for the Bowl Championship Series if ranked in the final BCS Top 12 or, in the BCS Top 16 and ranked higher than a team which receives automatic qualification.