The Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission (ASEC) announced today that the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl is a go for 2015. The game between two teams from the Mountain West, Conference USA and Sun Belt will take place on December 29th, 2015 at 5:30 pm Mountain Time at Arizona Stadium in Tuscon, Arizona.
The game became a reality with the sponsorship by Nova Home Loans, according to ESPN. ASEC submitted an application for the bowl in March of this year.
The bowl game comes with a digital partnership from Campus Insiders, becoming the first bowl game to have a digitally-focused broadcast strategy, according to the press release. The game will be streamed on CampusInsiders.com with a TV broadcast partner to be announced.
The confirmation now puts the bowl schedule at 41 games, meaning 82 of the 128 FBS teams will be bowling this post-season. The game will be Mountain West versus Conference USA with the Sun Belt filling in if one of the two conferences doesn't have enough bowl-eligible members.
The agreement gives the Sun Belt a seventh bowl tie-in (four primary, three secondary) and both Conference USA and the Mountain West an eighth bowl tie-in.
The Arizona Bowl is the second new bowl of 2015 along with the Cure Bowl in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Austin, Texas was approved for a bowl game as well, but opted to wait until 2016