BOCA RATON, Fla. – After spending five years on the Tuesday evening before Christmas and being aired on ESPN, the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will be in a different place on the calendar and dial this year. The 2019 edition will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, and will be televised on ABC.
The game will be played at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and will be carried nationally on ESPN Radio and locally on ESPN 106.3.
“Cheribundi is proud to be back as the title sponsor and official muscle recovery drink for our third Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl,” said Cheribundi CEO Steve Pear. “The Boca Raton and Palm Beach County communities are a top-notch location to host one of the most exciting ESPN bowls of the season. Cheribundi is part of the daily training regimen for over 265 professional and collegiate sports teams, providing muscle recovery, boosting immunity and improving sleep.”
All five of the previous Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl games have taken place on the Tuesday evening immediately prior to Christmas, meaning the Saturday afternoon kickoff is a new day and time for the game. The calendar for the 2019 college football bowl season is significantly later than it has been in past years, impacted by Thanksgiving falling on November 28 and conference football championship games taking place on the weekend of December 6-7. That meant the bowl schedule couldn’t start until Friday, December 20, and the day where the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl had traditionally taken place – the Tuesday before Christmas – would be Christmas Eve this year.
“This will be our first opportunity to play the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl under the beautiful Florida sunshine,” said Doug Mosley, Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl executive director. “While we really enjoy our traditional Tuesday evenings for the game, this year we will move ‘Boca’s biggest annual outdoor party’ onto what is typically a perfect-weather day during that time of year.”
The 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will select its two participating teams from its three partner conferences: Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference and the American Athletic Conference. The bowl week activities will include beach parties, pep rallies, a kickoff luncheon, community outreach and other activities throughout Boca Raton and Palm Beach County.
“We’re eager to welcome a national network audience to Boca Raton for this year’s game,” said Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer. “We look forward to showcasing our beautiful city on ABC and enjoy yet another successful Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl.”
“We are excited to kick off the holiday tourism season in Palm Beach County with the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl at FAU, in partnership with the City of Boca Raton and ESPN, “said Verdenia Baker, Palm Beach County Administrator. “ This is our opportunity to showcase the Palm Beaches as the ‘Perfect Place’ to experience our lifestyle sports destination.”
The Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl is one of 15 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. For more information on the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl, see its web site at CheribundiBocaRatonBowl.com or follow through social media on Facebook (Facebook.com/BocaBowl), Twitter (@BocaBowl), and Instagram (@BocaBowl).
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 15 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event, an esports event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and Tampa, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.