Fenway Park bowl game starting in 2020

Ale Xander

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They'll put BC, Syracuse, and perhaps Duke here, on a rotating basis.

If they get one of the dogs like Louisville or NC State, watch out, empty seats. I think they're smart enough to not ever ever put Wake here.
 

Ale Xander

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Most bowl games are sparsely attended.
The stadium (Park) is half the size of a traditional bowl stadium, though. If it's after the 19th/20th or so, it'll get the tourists in for a couple years. It's not the worst idea they've ever had for Fenway.

The restaurants in the area could sure use the business for the 3+ days fans are in town. Honestly, I'd rather have events here in the winter, than in the summer tearing up field.

Tilted Kilt couldn't even survive a single offseason.
 

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Do you see people wanting to watch a middling 5-7 ACC team take on a bad AAC team in the freezing cold and snow? This is a terrible idea.
 

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The field is not heated, is it? Under the right, or should I say, wrong, conditions; could be an Ice Bowl.
 

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Why do some think this is a "terrible idea", rather than just being indifferent to it? Who is hurt if it fails? It seems a like a way to squeeze out a little more non-red sox game revenue from the park, and by extension, maybe give a little boost to bars and restaurants in the neighborhood, at a time of year where they could probably use it. I can't say the likely match-ups would be anything I would go out of my way for, but really, what's the harm in giving it a shot?
 

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Why do some think this is a "terrible idea", rather than just being indifferent to it? Who is hurt if it fails? It seems a like a way to squeeze out a little more non-red sox game revenue from the park, and by extension, maybe give a little boost to bars and restaurants in the neighborhood, at a time of year where they could probably use it. I can't say the likely match-ups would be anything I would go out of my way for, but really, what's the harm in giving it a shot?
There are too many bowl games already, not to mention the safety issues in playing in such poor conditions. You are also talking about 2 teams with likely losing records, it's not going to be any kind of draw.
 

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There are too many bowl games already, not to mention the safety issues in playing in such poor conditions. You are also talking about 2 teams with likely losing records, it's not going to be any kind of draw.
You've heard of the concept of bowl eligibility, right? While it's possible the ACC team may be 6-6, it's is almost virtually impossible that both teams will be below .500.
 

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There are too many bowl games already, not to mention the safety issues in playing in such poor conditions. You are also talking about 2 teams with likely losing records, it's not going to be any kind of draw.
For ESPN and the viewing public, there aren't too many bowl games....you might not personally be interested, but the ratings of these 2nd/3rd tier bowl games dwarf what ESPN would normally put in their spot, and are better than most sports regular season games. It's a revenue generator for Fenway, it will help the businesses around the park, bring it on.
 

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You've heard of the concept of bowl eligibility, right? While it's possible the ACC team may be 6-6, it's is almost virtually impossible that both teams will be below .500.
There are so many bowl games now, they will almost have to pull from teams with losing records or yes 6-6.

If you are going to do this bowl inflation it'd be better if these bowls were in the South where at least the weather is nice then.
 

Humphrey

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I don't see Boston being a big Xmas time destination and a lot of the ACC schools make semi-annual trips there in the fall anyway.

But I don't really have any dog in the hunt; and if it's on TV, will most likely watch. I seem to catch most of the crap bowls one way or another.
 

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As far as I know, the closest bowl game is played in the Bronx. Count me in. I love Bowl season. Especially if the teams are underrated.
 

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As discussed above this will be the Tier II bowl game that will round robin with BC, Syracuse, Pitt, and occasionally Duke/UVA who will play Temple, UConn, Navy, Cincinnati and occasionally in an off year, UCF/USF. Not much to be excited about.