Music City Bowl Facts
The Music City Bowl is a college football game played in Nashville, Tennessee at LP field, which is normally the home of the Tennessee Titans NFL team. It is a post-season game played by teams that have been invited. It is played at LP Field on natural grass. The current conference tie-ins are with the SEC and the ACC. ESPN has been the broadcaster for 14 years. This makes Music City Bowl tickets even more popular!
The Nashville Sports Council created the Music City Bowl. In 1997 the non-profit began planning for a bowl game to be hosted in Nashville. Nashville, they proposed, being a destination city was ideal for a bowl game. The new stadium for the NFL Tennessee Titans was being built, and the location of Nashville was beneficial for many universities. The Nashville Sports Council created the Music City Bowl, Inc. organization with the help of the mayor’s office, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, ESPN agreed to broadcast the game nationally for 4 years. The first game was held on December 29, 1998 at Vanderbilt Stadium.
The following year, LP Field was completed and the game was moved to its current home. In 2000, the signed a four-year contract with the Big Ten conference to replace the Big East. In 2005, they brought in the Atlantic Coast Conference when the previous contract expired. In 2010, locally based Franklin American Mortgage became the bowl’s title sponsor through 2013.
The Music City Bowl has developed a reputation as a game of upsets. It’s no surprise, then, that Music City Bowl tickets are so popular.Syracuse was a 3 point underdog when they defeated Kentucky in 1999 and West Virginia was a 3-point underdog when they beat Mississippi in 2000. In 2002, Minnesota beat Arkansas, the 7-point favorite, 29-14. Minnesota was a 1 point underdog when they beat Alabama in 2004. Virginia beat the 6-point favorite Minnesota 34-31 in 2005. In 2006, 10-point underdog Kentucky beat Clemson 28-20. In 2008, the 4-point underdogs Vanderbilt defeated Boston College. The biggest point spread was Virginia Tech’s 38-7 win over Alabama in 1998.