Bowls Used in the EBS
The Enhanced Bowl Season (EBS) tournament utilizes existing bowls to host games in the tournament. First-round games are held at four geographically-diverse bowls taken from a slate of 12 pre-selected host bowls. Each of these 12 bowls hosts an EBS tournament game every three years. Quarterfinal games are hosted annually by the Capital One and Cotton Bowls, as well as either the Rose and Sugar Bowls or the Fiesta and Orange Bowls. Semifinal matchups are held at whichever pair of bowls was not used for quarterfinal sites (either Rose/Sugar or Fiesta/Orange). Finally, the National Title Game is held at a rotating site that may or may not be the site of a previous bowl used for the previous EBS games that year.Back to top
The selection of EBS host sites considered several factors:
Determining the twelve bowls that will serve as first-round host sites will have to be determined by negotiations with any individual bowl seeking access to the system. While bowls will need to cede the television rights for the year in which they are hosting an EBS tournament game, they stand to benefit from the exposure the EBS will bring to the bowl. Title sponsorship, in-stadium signage, and annual ticket renewals can all be negotiated on a three-year basis, covering both tournament and non-tournament years. Further, since the EBS tournament will be responsible for distributing funds to the qualifying teams, these bowls will not be responsible for compensating teams during their hosting year.
Quarterfinal games are hosted at two of the existing BCS bowls as well as the Capital One and Cotton Bowls. The Capital One and Cotton bowls were promoted to permanent quarterfinal hosts because of their rich tradition, high profile, and geographic location.
The remaining BCS bowls not serving as quarterfinal sites are used to host the semifinal games. That is, if Fiesta/Orange serve as quarterfinal hosts, the Rose/Sugar will be semifinal hosts.
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