Pac-12, Big 12 to Meet in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Beginning in 2014

Monday, July 22, 2013

Kristen Pflipsen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl today announced a six-year agreement with the Pac-12 and Big 12 Conferences, beginning after the 2014 regular season.
The game will match the sixth selection from the Pac-12 against the fifth pick from the Big 12, after selections by the College Football Playoff. The Pac-12 returns to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl after an eight-year absence, while the Big 12 extends a partnership that began in 2006.
“This is an exciting new matchup for Valley football fans,” said Brian Hall, board chairman of the Cactus Bowl Foundation, which operates the game. “We’re grateful for the continued partnership with the Big 12 and we welcome back the Pac-12. We’ve long been a prime destination for Big 12 followers, and our location in the Pac-12 footprint will make it convenient for their fans to travel. This partnership helps us fulfill our mission of driving economic impact for Arizona.”
The 2010 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl produced $84.6 million in economic impact, according to a survey by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, and the game is estimated to have generated hundreds of millions more since its founding as the Copper Bowl in Tucson in 1989.
The Big 12 has been a Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl fixture since 2006 and made numerous appearances before that. The present Big 12 membership is a combined 8-5 in the game.
"The Big 12 Conference is pleased to continue its long-standing relationship with the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl," Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. "Since the inception of the Conference, Big 12 teams have enjoyed an annual post-season presence in the greater Phoenix area. Our membership has the highest regard for our partnership with the Cactus Bowl Foundation, and looks forward to its continued participation in, and growth of, this game."
The Pac-12 was affiliated with the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl – then called the Insight Bowl – from 2002-2005 at Chase Field in Phoenix. The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl has since moved to Sun Devil Stadium, home of the Pac-12’s Arizona State Sun Devils. Present Pac-12 schools have a combined 8-3 record in the game.
"The Pac-12 is pleased to add the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl to the Conference's future lineup of outstanding bowl games,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “Having another postseason game in our geographic footprint against a quality Big 12 Conference opponent provides Pac-12 fans a great opportunity to follow their team and enjoy the experience in the Valley of the Sun."
The 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will kick off at 8:15 p.m. MST on Saturday, December 28 in Sun Devil Stadium. ESPN will broadcast the game. This year, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will match the third selection from the Big Ten against the third pick from the Big 12, after BCS selections.