Friday’s Northern Illinois-Bowling Green contest was the 11th MAC Conference Championship Football Game hosted at Ford Field, and the 18th overall in the history of the Conference. The first seven title tilts were hosted on campus.
“We are pleased to extend our relationship with Ford Field for another four years,” said MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher. “Ford Field and the city of Detroit have been outstanding partners in hosting our football championship game. The facility is among the best in the country and provides our student-athletes and fans with a premiere championship experience.”
The MAC previously was a primary bowl partner with the Detroit based Motor City Bowl (1997-2008) and the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (2009-2013) over a 17-year period. During this time the MAC had a 7-10 record in the Detroit bowl games, including wins over Louisville, BYU, Cincinnati and Northwestern.
Earlier this October, the MAC announced a six-year (2014-19) backup agreement with the newly-formed Quick Lane Bowl, owned and operated by the Detroit Lions and Ford Field.