Boca Raton Bowl Moves To New Day, Time, Network


Staff report

The 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will take place on a new date and time and air on a different channel.

After taking the field on the Tuesday night before Christmas for the past 5 years, the bowl will now be played at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21.

And if you are used to tuning in on ESPN, you will have to switch your channel over to ABC to see the game.

Some things will remain the same. The bowl will return to FAU Stadium located on the campus of Florida Atlantic University. Another thing remaining the same is the sponsor. Cheribundi will be the title sponsor for 2019.

“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.”

The calendar for the 2019 college football bowl season is significantly later than it has been in past years, impacted by Thanksgiving falling on Nov. 28 and conference football championship games taking place on the weekend of Dec. 6-7. That meant the bowl schedule couldn’t start until Friday, Dec. 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. Bowl week activities 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.”

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