Old Dominion University to play in first bowl game in its school history

Members of Old Dominion University’s (ODU) football team will have their passports stamped in The Bahamas next month when they arrive in Nassau to participate in the 2016 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

ODU accepted a bid to represent Conference USA at the December 23rd match-up.

This will be the Monarchs’ first time playing a bowl game in their school history. The Virginia team’s opponents have yet to be determined but will either come from the American Athletic Conference or the Mid-American Conference.

Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe congratulated the Monarchs on the historic feat.

“We look forward to welcoming the team to the beautiful island of New Providence. We hope that they perform well on the field and of course, we also hope they get the chance to enjoy a bit of our culture. Christmas time is indeed a wonderful time to be in The Bahamas. We at the Ministry of Tourism will ensure that they feel welcome.”

The Monarchs will come into Popeyes Bahamas Bowl with a five-game win streak and wins in eight of their last nine games.

Monarchs’ Head Coach Bobby Wilder commented on the historic occasion.

“We are thrilled to play in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. The coaches I spoke with about the bowl said it is a great experience for the kids, which is what this is all about. This is an historic moment for Old Dominion University and our football program… The bowl game is historic, it is special. I will remember the young people that represented the 11 letters across their chest that say Old Dominion with class and dignity.”

Sports Tourism Marketing Director Virginia Kelly said the bowl games are expected to be even more successful than the last two editions.

“We expect bigger crowds and an exciting game. We encourage Bahamians to come out and enjoy a day for family, fun and football. There will be lots of excitement on the field during game time, but trust me, you don’t want to miss all of the tailgating and halftime activities.”

Hundreds of college football fans are expected to travel to Nassau for the event, which will also be broadcast live to millions of ESPN viewers.

The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will be played at 1 p.m. at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN.

Tickets are on sale now at the stadium’s box office and online at www.nsa-bahamas.com. For more information, call 242-325-0376.

Media Contact: Krystel Brown | Krbrown@bahamas.com | (242) 397-2793