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May 31st, 2023 | BAHAMAS BOWL


2023 Game Date and Kickoff Set for Saturday, Dec. 16

2023 HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl Kickoff Set

Bowl Season Kicks Off in the Bahamas on Saturday, Dec. 16

Bowl Season will once again begin with the HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl, the longest running international bowl game in college football history. The game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. ET and televised live on ESPN.

The opening game of Bowl Season for the second year in a row, this will be the earliest kickoff in the nine-year history of the HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl, ahead of the 11:30 a.m. ET start for the 2022 game. UAB held off Miami (Ohio) by a 24-20 score in that match-up, which went down to the final play when RedHawks receiver Jalen Walker was tackled by the Blazers’ Reynard Ellis at the two-yard-line.

“It’s an honor to be the very first game of Bowl Season,” said Lea Miller-Tooley, Executive Director of the HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl. “It’s an action-packed time of year for college football, and the HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl delivers a unique atmosphere with two great teams enjoying a week in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.”

One of 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, the HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl showcases teams from Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference. The game is played at 15,000-seat Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. HomeTown Lenders is in its second year as title sponsor.

Past winners include UAB in 2022, Middle Tennessee in 2021, Buffalo in 2019, FIU in 2018, Ohio in 2017, Old Dominion in 2016, Western Michigan in 2015 and Western Kentucky in 2014.

More information, including travel packages, can be found on the HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl web site.

About ESPN Events:

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of collegiate sporting events nationwide. In 2023, the 32-event schedule includes four early-season college football kickoff games, 17 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events, and a college softball event, in addition to a new a college gymnastics event coming in 2024. Collectively, these events account for over 400 hours of live programming on ESPN platforms, while reaching 60 million viewers and attracting more than 650,000 annual attendees. Each year, the portfolio of events features more than 20 Division I conferences and hosts over 4,000 participating student-athletes. With satellite offices in more than 10 cities across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans. For more information, visit the official websiteFacebookTwitter or YouTube pages.

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