SoFi Stadium, the state-of-the-art home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams, and Hollywood Park, a 298-acre sports and entertainment complex, have partnered with the Mountain West and Pac-12 conferences to create a new collegiate postseason game called the LA Bowl.
The LA Bowl, which was officially announced on Wednesday morning, will debut in December 2020. It will be played at SoFi Stadium through at least the 2025 season.
“Similar to SoFi Stadium, the LA Bowl game is designed to deliver an authentic Southern California experience,” Jason Gannon, managing director of SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, said in a statement. “In addition, our bowl game events throughout the week will embrace Los Angeles as the entertainment capital of the world.”
The game will pit the No. 1 selection from the Mountain West, provided that team is not in the College Football Playoff or a New Year’s Six bowl, against the Pac-12’s No. 5 selection.
“The Mountain West is delighted to partner with the Pac-12 Conference and the outstanding management team assembled at SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park to launch this exciting new bowl game,” said Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson. “Los Angeles is a tremendous market firmly within our footprint that is home to a large number of our member institutions’ alumni and the area from which many of our student-athletes are recruited. This will be a top-flight postseason destination for the No. 1 selection from our Conference.”
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott echoed those sentiments.
“We are thrilled to partner with LA Bowl and bring a Pac-12 presence to the new state-of-the-art facility at SoFi Stadium, in one of the biggest markets right in our footprint,” Scott said. “The entertainment presence of the new facility will provide great experiences for our student-athletes and fans as the Pac-12 continues its postseason matchup with the Mountain West.”
The addition of the LA Bowl brings the total number of Football Bowl Subdivision bowl games to 43 for the 2020 season, including the College Football Playoff National Championship, which will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Jan. 11, 2021. Other bowl games set to debut this season include the Fenway Bowl (ACC/Notre Dame vs. AAC) and the Myrtle Beach Bowl (AAC, MAC and/or Sun Belt).
Photo via @LABowlGame on Twitter.