In 2018, the NCAA’s Football Oversight Committee approved the addition of three new bowl games. Los Angeles and Myrtle Beach were two of the most recent additions, and now you can add Boston as the third.
According to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, Fenway Park will be the host to a new bowl game starting in 2020. The yet to be named bowl game will be between the ACC and AAC (American). The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are a part of the ACC bowl package, so there is a chance moving forward, that Notre Dame could return to Fenway Park.
Notre Dame used Fenway as the destination of the Shamrock Series game in 2015 against the Boston College Eagles. Fenway has hosted other college football games since then, so they must like the extra use it gets.
Of course, Yankee Stadium is the host venue for the Pinstripe Bowl — so obviously the Boston Red Sox don’t want the New York Yankees to to hold that college football card in their face anymore. (Why does the ACC love these baseball stadium games?)
While I mostly don’t mind football games being played in baseball stadiums, both the Pinstripe Bowl and the Green Monster Bowl (just a name I’m throwing around and in no way is official) are lower tier bowl destinations that no school that wants to compete for the college football playoff should ever be happy in attending — and even winning.
This bowl game brings the total number of bowl games up to 43 in 2020. That means 86 out of 129 teams will play in a bowl game. HELLO more 5-7 teams in a bowl game. I look forward to the justification for 5-8 seasons from programs across the country!