Bahamas set to make college football bowl history Dec. 20
The upcoming collegiate American Football bowl season will begin right here in The Bahamas on December 20. Indeed, according to Director of Communications Chris Pika, the 2019 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl will kick off the 2019-2020 season.
The Bahamas Bowl was always a significant part of the Sports in Paradise program launched by former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson. This will be the sixth year for the event and, once again, ESPN will carry the competition to the world. The exposure for The Bahamas is well worth the hosting costs.
For this year, I suggest the powers that be work closely with ESPN, sponsors Elk Grove Village and Makers Wanted, to maximize the launch of the college bowl season. The occasion is of greater global sports significance because of the special milestone aspect. College football in the United States will be celebrating 150 years of competition this coming season.
In a release from Pika, Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl Executive Director Richard Giannini expressed his appreciation for the relationship with The Bahamas and its people.
“We are proud to be the opening game of the bowl season during the celebration of 150 years of college football,” he said.
“Keeping our game on Friday allows for more Bahamians and their families to attend as the starting event of the holidays, and the later kickoff time (2 p.m. ET) will also give more people an opportunity to attend. Our bowl is now a fixture on The Bahamas sporting calendar. It has provided exciting competition in a great Bahamian game day atmosphere for fans, and it continues to be a yearly showcase of The Bahamas on ESPN.”
This is a great tourist
opportunity for The Bahamas. It is good that the government of today did not decide to scrap this event as it did the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Relays.
I think though, the Ministry of Tourism’s marketing team should upgrade its program. The fact that we will be hosting the first game to signal the 150th anniversary of college football is really huge. Tourism, in conjunction with the bowl committee, should arrange for festivities leading up to December 20 and a spectacular opening ceremony.
Of course, highlighting the country from a tourism perspective should be the priority. I am surprised as to how low-key the event has been up to this stage.
Launching the new college football season makes the 2019 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl an even greater product. The Ministry of Tourism is thus challenged to maximize this great opportunity, this fantastic sports moment in time, for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
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