NASAU, Bahamas—The Thundering Herd could be spending the holidays in the Bahamas this season.

Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference announced Wednesday the inagural Bahamas Bowl will kickoff at noon on Dec. 24 in Nassau. The game will be played at the 15,000-seat Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium and will be televised on ESPN, which signed a six-year deal to broadcast the bowl.

“The Bahamas Bowl is such a wonderful opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches and fans,” said Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky. “Thanks to ESPN, the United States will be able to watch and experience the Bahamas on December 24. It’s going to be amazing.”

The game will be the first postseason FBS bowl game outside of the U.S. or Canada since the 1937 Bicardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba. Auburn and Villanova played to a 7-7 tie on New Year’s Day.

“The inaugural Bahamas Bowl is a great opportunity to provide fans with a Christmas Eve college football game and an excellent addition to our extensive lineup of postseason coverage,” said Kurt Dargis, director, ESPN college football programming.

Robinson National Stadium, built in 2012, has been upgraded in recent months for major international events, including the Bahamas Bowl.

“Robinson National Stadium is a jewel of Nassau for sporting events,” Miller said. “We are pleased with the facility and the upgrades that have been added. It will make for a great venue for the teams and the fans to watch the best of Conference USA and the MAC play.”

Marshall is 2-0 in bowl games under Doc Holliday. The Herd won the 2011 Beef ‘O’ Bradys Bowl and last year defeated Maryland in the Military Bowl.

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  • Mister Man

    Who said Marshall will go there?

  • Dr. Sarcasm

    A great time for an alumna to spend investment money for Christmas! What? Too soon?

  • Jabo

    What a joke.

  • Ron - from Morgantown

    Noon on Dec 24th ? Na nobody doing anything at that time , its a good opportunity to catch a bowl game between the MAC and Cusa . And this proves , we don't have too many bowl games , its a good time slot plus both fan bases shouldn't have any trouble getting plane tickets the week of Christmas . Nobody travels that week and hey the Bahamas is a storied place for college football, steeped in tradition . The only suggestion I would make to make this bowl even bettet would be to play it in Cuba once in a while . You know , mix it up a little bit .

  • FNP

    So thats close to a BCS game right? smh

    • Joe

      You mean like playing in the Bronx in December?!

      • Jon

        No, playing in The Groan. Always lots of empty green seats available.

    • Jason

      What exactly is your point, the BCS Bowls are already set, and the 100 other bowl games are not BCS Bowls. But hey, at least it is a bowl. If I were a college athlete, spending the holidays and playing a game in the Bahamas on ESPN would be pretty sweet vs. sitting home watching all the other teams play.

      • Greg

        I'll take it any day over sitting home at 4-8 or 5-7 in Morgantown. Go Herd

        • hailey

          Greg, I am sure you would ...since 1999 you as a herd fan have seen a lot of 4-8 seasons. Good luck against Ohio U and MTSU this year, I truly belive the Herd will be much improved.