After a nine year absence, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is back.
Chick-fil-A, ESPN and Peach Bowl, Inc. announced a new six-year agreement Monday for the Chick-fil-A Bowl to become the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl for the first time since 2005. On top of that, the bowl, which will continue to be held at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, will be one of six rotating sites for semifinal games of the College Football Playoff.
"This is a remarkable day in our history when we can all come together as partners to celebrate these milestones," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl president and CEO. "This not only represents the beginning of our new era in the College Football Playoff, but a reconnection to our history and tradition by bringing the peach back into our name.”
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, which was simply known as The Peach Bowl prior to 1998, joins the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls as the six bowls to host the College Football Playoff, beginning in 2014.
Per a press release:
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is set to host its first national Semifinal Game (#1 vs #4 or #2 vs #3) following the 2016 season and will host games in 2014 and 2015 featuring top-ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. The Bowl will host a Semifinal game every third year over the first six years of the College Football Playoff.
The bowl has declared its intention to win the rights to host the National Championship Game following the 2017 in the Atlanta Falcons new stadium.
The Peach Bowl, founded in 1968, is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country. Chick-fil-A became the bowl’s first sponsor in 1997, but Peach was dropped from the game’s name in 2006 in exchange for more sponsorship money.
Last year’s Chick-fil-A Bowl was one of the most exciting games of bowl season. Johnny Manziel led Texas A&M on a fourth-quarter comeback to knock off Duke 52-48.
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