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ESPN presents first Boca Raton Bowl at FAU

Florida Atlantic University’s Stadium will be far from quiet on Tuesday, Dec. 23 when Marshall’s Thundering Herd plays against Northern Illinois’ Huskies. Known as the first Boca Raton Bowl, tickets are sparse except a handful of end-zone seats as of last week.

The Miami Herald raves that the Boca Raton Bowl, which matches up the Mid-American Conference (Northern Illinois) and Conference USA (Marshall University), will be one to remember. The football game, which kicks off at 6 p.m., will be televised by ESPN and bring a great amount of attention to FAU, Boca Raton and Palm Beach County.

“This bowl game will have a major impact on moving the university ahead,” retired football coach Howard Schnellenberger told the Miami Herald, crediting new FAU president John Kelly for carrying the torch. “We’ve just touched the surface on what’s going to happen here in Boca Raton, in and around this game of football.”

On Monday at 6 p.m., Marshall will have a pep-rally at Mizner Park Amphitheater while Northern Illinois will gather at Revolutions in CityPlace. The Marshalls enter the game having won its first ever Conference USA Championship and its first title since being crowned the champion of the Mid-American Conference in 2002. Meanwhile, Northern Illinois won its third Mid-American Conference Championship in four years this season and the fourth in school history.

“I could not be more excited about the matchup for the first-ever Boca Raton Bowl,” Boca Raton Bowl executive director Doug Mosley said. “We have two great champions squaring off in what will surely be a must-see game, and our community is ready to welcome these two schools to Boca Raton and Palm Beach County.”

In October 2013, the Mid-American Conference and ESPN announced the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl, to be played at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton.

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