LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL
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Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Tickets
Location: Detroit, Mich.
Sponsors: Little Caesars
Date: December 26
Recent MVP: James Connor
Recent Winning Team: Pittsburgh Panthers
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl TicketsEvery year on December 26, the state of Michigan hosts its own college bowl game. Little Caesars Pizza was the sponsor for this game from 2009 until 2013 when its name was changed to the Quick Lane Bowl. The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl was called the Ford Motor City Bowl when it was founded in 1997. The first location was at the Pontiac Silverdome stadium in Pontiac, Mich. From 1998 to 2008, the name changed once again to the Motor City Bowl. In 2002, Ford Field stadium in Detroit, Mich., became the final home for this college bowl. When it was known as the Motor City Bowl, the “ ”Big Three“ ” automakers in Detroit, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, sponsored this bowl game. While the name has changed, Little Caesars and the automakers continue to be sponsors of the event, even if they are no longer the named sponsors. This stadium is home to the Detroit Lions and is where all the action takes place. Grab tickets at StubHub to see your favorite team or sporting event.
Which teams have participated in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl games?Not every college football team was eligible to play at this bowl. The teams featured were from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and the Big Ten Conference, both of which have several members from within the state of Michigan. The Big Ten has Michigan and Michigan State, while the MAC has Central, Eastern and Western Michigan Universities, as well as nearby Toledo. This makes the chances for a home team very high during any year. The Sun Belt Conference is the alternate when qualifying teams choose different bowl bids. Purdue, Bowling Green, Marshall and Toledo are some of the teams that have participated in this bowl. The same teams are eligible for the game under its new name; only the sponsorship has changed.
What are some interesting facts about this bowl game?In 2009, Sarah Thomas, a line judge, became the first woman to officiate a college football bowl game. This game received national TV coverage by ESPN.
Which team was the most successful at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl?Marshall won this bowl game four different times. From 1998 to 2000, this team was undefeated. Marshall gained an even larger fan base due to the movie, We are Marshall, which starred Matthew McConaughey. This means that every time the team plays in the bowl, it is accompanied by a diverse fan base of alums and movie lovers that pack the seats. This team is a part of the MAC and always puts on an incredible performance. It continues to be a regular competitor in the bowl game under its new name.
Which teams played in the last match-up under the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl name?In 2013, the Pittsburgh Panthers played against the Bowling Green Falcons. This was an unforgettable game; the Panthers won by three points, and over 25,000 fans were in attendance.
How big is Ford Field Stadium?Ford Field Stadium is located in downtown Detroit, and its regular seating capacity is approximately 65,000 people. However, it can be expanded to fit up to 70,000 seats for football or 78,000 seats for basketball. This stadium is approximately 1.85 million square feet with four levels of suites. There is a level of club seating and a ground-level that includes concessions, restaurants and retail shops. This vast stadium is unique compared to most NFL venues and is completely indoors. Artificial turf and a roof keep teams warm in the chilly month of December, even during the coldest of Michigan winters. Despite the sponsorship change, you can still get a Little Caesars Pizza at Ford Field during almost any event.
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