BHAFB Finalizes Conference Lineup Through 2019

FORT WORTH, TX – Last week’s announcement of the Mountain West Conference joining the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl conference lineup was the final piece of the puzzle for the bowl as all conference agreements have been finalized through the 2019 game.

Over the next six years, the bowl will host teams from four conferences, and one independent (Army) as the American Athletic Conference, the Big Ten Conference, the Big 12 Conference, and the Mountain West Conference will all travel to Fort Worth.

“The recent conference agreements have allowed us raise the national profile of a great game without compromising our mission to honor this nations armed forces, “ executive director Brant Ringler said. “Through the end of the decade Fort Worth will play host for many new teams to join us in putting together a full tribute to all aspects of the armed services.”

The American Athletic Conference is slated to send a representative for the 2014, 2016 and 2018 game. They will square off against Army (with a qualifying six wins) in 2014, and the Big 12 in 2016 and 2018.

The Big Ten will send a team to Fort Worth for the first time in 2015, and return for the 2017 and 2019 contests. They will face off against the Mountain West in 2015 and 2019, and against Army in 2017.

 

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

Conference Lineup 2014 - 2019

2014:

 

AAC

vs

Army (Big 12 Backup)

2015:

 

Big Ten

vs

MWC

 

2016:

 

AAC

vs

Big 12

 

2017:

 

Big Ten

vs

Army

 

2018:

 

AAC

vs

Big 12

 

2019:

 

Big Ten

vs

MWC

 

 

This year’s 11th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will feature a school from the Mountain West versus the U.S. Naval Academy, pending bowl eligibility.  The game will be played on Dec. 30, 2013 in Fort Worth.  ESPN and ESPN Radio will air the game with a 10:45 a.m. (CT) kickoff from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU.

While the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl game is played in honor of the armed forces, the postseason contest has previously hosted MW member U.S. Air Force Academy (2007-2009, 2012) and the U.S. Military Academy (2010).  The U.S. Naval Academy is set to make their first appearance in 2013, pending eligibility, and return to Fort Worth in 2016.

With Rice defeating Air Force 33-14, the 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl drew an attendance of 40,754 and the largest television audience in the game’s history with an average of 2,584,000 households.  The ESPN telecast had a 2.6 average household coverage rating – marking the bowl’s second-highest rating in the event history.