Ford Field has decided to kick out the little guys and add a little more excitement to the bowl season. Once the proud host of the Little Caesar Pizza Bowl, Ford Field will likely play host to a matchup between BCS conference teams beginning in 2014.
Brett McMurphy of ESPN reported the news:
Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN
Detroit Lions expected to start new bowl in 2014, likely B1G vs. ACC, at Ford Field sources told @ESPN. Would eliminate Little Caesars Bowl2013-5-21 14:35:26
Say goodbye to another cheesy bowl name.
The Little Caesar Pizza Bowl, which has gone by many different names, has been played at Ford Field since 1997. Usually a matchup between teams from the Big Ten, MAC and Sun Belt, it isn't quite one of those bowls that is high on the college football radar. However, seven of the last eight games have been decided by a touchdown or less.
Even with the reputation of a game that comes down to the wire, attendance dipped drastically last season, according to USA Today.
A possible meeting between Michigan and Florida State does sound a lot more appealing than being forced to watch Florida International and Toledo.
A chance to host the Wolverines at Ford Field would also fill the seats and bring in big numbers for everybody involved. The only thing these bowl sites can hope for is a packed house.
The loser in all of this would be the fans of the MAC, who didn't have to travel across the country to see their favorite teams play. The winner is Ford Field, which will see a spike in interest due to a more competitive and sexier bowl matchup.