Anthony Gharib, ESPNDec 15, 2023, 08:00 AM ET
The 2023 college football bowl season has arrived which means we’ll see top matchups in unique settings.
Similar to last year, there will be four bowl games held in baseball stadiums: Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks), Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox), Petco Park (San Diego Padres) and Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees).
The Kansas Jayhawks and UNLV Rebels will play at Chase Field in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl. Petco Park will host the DIRECTV Holiday Bowl between the No. 15 Louisville Cardinals and USC Trojans.
The Wasabi Fenway Bowl at Fenway Park is between the No. 24 SMU Mustangs and the Boston College Eagles. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Miami Hurricanes will face off at Yankee Stadium in the Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl.
Bowl games in unique locations is nothing out of the ordinary, but they don’t happen often in other sports. Here’s a look at events that took place in an unusual venue:
The Tennessee Volunteers and Virginia Tech Hokies matchup in 2016 took place at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Josh Dobbs and the Volunteers dominated for a 45-27 victory in a game nicknamed the “Battle at Bristol.” The game broke the record for the largest crowd to ever watch a college football game, with 156,990 fans in attendance.
The “Battle at Bristol” between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in 2016 broke the record for the largest crowd to ever watch a college football game. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
From 2008 to 2010, the NBA held preseason games at the Indian Wells tennis court in California. The Phoenix Suns played three straight preseason matchups there, debuting the venue against the Denver Nuggets.
Weather always seemed to be a factor during the games. The first matchup was marred by winds, while the finale had 90 degree temperatures. Stephen Curry played in the 2009 edition as a rookie in a game the Golden State Warriors won 104-101.
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Author : Anthony Gharib
Publish date : 2023-12-15 13:04:15
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