Bowl History

History & Overview

 

Year Match-Up / Result       Attendance
2013

Ole Miss 25, Georgia Tech 17

RECAP BOX SCORE STATS 52,125
2012

Vanderbilt 38, North Carolina State 24

RECAP BOX SCORE STATS 55,801
2011

Mississippi State 23, Wake Forest 17

RECAP BOX SCORE STATS 55,208

2010

North Carolina 30, Tennessee 27 2-OT

RECAP

BOX SCORE

STATS

69,143*

2009

Clemson 21, Kentucky 13

RECAP

BOX SCORE

STATS 57,280

2008

Vanderbilt 16, Boston College 14

RECAP

BOX SCORE

STATS

54,250

2007

Kentucky 35, Florida State 28

RECAP

BOX SCORE

STATS

68,661*

2006

Kentucky 28, Clemson 20

RECAP

BOX SCORE

STATS

68,024*

2005

Minnesota 31, Virginia 34

RECAP

BOX SCORE

STATS

40,519

2004

Minnesota 20, Alabama 16

RECAP

BOX SCORE

STATS

66,089*

2003

Auburn 28, Wisconsin 14

RECAP

BOX SCORE

STATS

55,109

2002

Minnesota 29, Arkansas 14

RECAP

BOX SCORE

STATS

39,183

2001

Boston College 20, Georgia 16

RECAP

BOX SCORE

STATS

46,125

2000

West Virginia 49, Ole Miss 38

RECAP

BOX SCORE

STATS

47,119

1999

Syracuse 20, Kentucky 13

RECAP

BOX SCORE

STATS

59,221

1998

Virginia Tech 38, Alabama 7

RECAP

BOX SCORE

STATS

41,248*

How Nashville's Holiday Tradition was established

Planning
In early 1997, the Nashville Sports Council began discussions with the Southeastern Conference (SEC) about hosting a post-season college Bowl game. There were several reasons that factored into the discussions:Nashville is known as a destination city, it's easily accessible to a majority of universities in a number of conferences, and a brand new stadium was being built for a new NFL franchise, the Tennessee Titans. Furthermore, Nashville is one of the best cities in the country for hospitality and entertainment. Known as Music City, Nashville has several opportunities to offer the college football fan, university administrator, corporate sponsor, and local resident.

Creation
After taking these points into consideration, the Nashville Sports Council and the city of Nashville decided to take on the challenge and Music City Bowl, Inc. was born. A lot of key partners such as the Mayor's Office, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce were instrumental in creating the Bowl.Other partnerships included a four-year agreement with ESPN to broadcast the game nationally, a four-year agreement with the SEC and in 1999, a three-year agreement with the Big East Conference. After the months spent planning and organizing, the Inaugural Music City Bowl was held on December 29, 1998 at Vanderbilt Stadium.

Changes
In 1999, the stadium for the Tennessee Titans was completed and the game moved to its current home at LP Field.In 2000, the Bowl took a new direction signing a four-year deal with the Big Ten Conference to replace the Big East starting with the 2002 game to play against the SEC. Then in 2005, the Bowl announced a new conference partnership with the SEC and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) beginning in 2006 through 2009.Beginning in 2002, Gaylord Hotels (a division of Gaylord Entertainment Company) agreed to serve as title sponsor of the Bowl and the Bowl name was changed to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl. In 2003, Bridgestone, a locally headquartered international company, officially became the Presenting Sponsor of the Bowl in 2003 which continued through 2007.

The Future of the Bowl
Beginning in 2010 and through 2013, the Bowl transititioned to a new title sponsor: Franklin American Mortgage became the Music City Bowl's entitlement partner. Locally based in Franklin, Tennessee, Franklin American Mortgage Company is a privately held corporation and is one of the fastest growing companies in its industry. Gaylord Hotels (title sponsor since 2002) will remain heavily involved with the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl as a major sponsor and official host hotel - Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. In addition, the Bowl and ESPN inked an agreement for ESPN to broadcast the Bowl through 2013.

Accomplishments
The Bowl has had some major accomplishments adding to its success and has solidified its position as one of Nashville's most important events. Beginning with the 2008 Bowl, a partnership was created with the Greater Nashville Hotel & Lodging Association and the City of Nashville for the Bowl to receive funding via the Event and Marketing Fund. These funds are part of a hotel/motel tax created for the purpose of developing Nashville's new state of the art Music City Center. The Bowl is now a part of the fabric of the Nashville community. Key initiatives such as economic development, tourism impact, quality of life enhancement, a focus on youth, and a commitment to collegiate athletics are all part of the Bowl experience. The Bowl in just a few short years has turned one of Nashville's slowest tourism weeks into one of the busiest as well as supported various charitable organizations through ticket donation, special community programs, and much more. Moreover, the Bowl has one of the most successful youth initiatives in the country with its Youth Football Program. The Bowl's Youth Football Program reaches families in eighty communities in Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky, and northern Alabama. More than 20,000 participants are part of a unique program that involves players, cheerleaders, and coaches with Nashville's Holiday Tradition. Finally the bottom line, since the Bowl's inception, millions of viewers have watched the event on ESPN; the Bowl has contributed $34 million in financial payouts to participating universities; and has generated more than $207 million in economic impact for the Nashville community. Nashville's Bowl game will continue to evolve as a cornerstone event for Music City and the Middle Tennessee region.

 

For more information on Nashville's Holiday Tradition, visit MusicCityBowl.com or call 615.743.3130 .And, be sure to follow the Bowl on Twitter and Facebook.