May 26, 2022
Bowl Season will begin in the Bahamas this year as the longest-running international bowl game in college football history, the HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl, will be played Friday, Dec. 16 at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Nassau’s 15,000-seat Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium will host the eighth edition of the HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl, which will air in the United States on ESPN. The 2022 Bowl will kick off the first year of a new relationship with HomeTown Lenders as the game’s title sponsor.
"We are thrilled to be the opening game of Bowl Season and to showcase the beautiful islands of the Bahamas through this event, which has been a fixture on the sporting calendar since 2014," said Bahamas Bowl executive director Lea Miller-Tooley. “The Bahamas Bowl has provided tremendous competition for our participating teams from Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference, while offering a one-of-a-kind experience for student athletes, coaches and families to travel to a foreign country and be rewarded for a successful season. We know that the 2022 bowl will remind everyone why 'Bowl Games are Better in The Bahamas'."
Each year, American football fans travel to Nassau to see their universities compete in the only bowl game currently played outside the United States. In the inaugural game in 2014, Western Kentucky defeated Central Michigan 49-48 in a memorable offensive shootout. Subsequent winners have included – 2015: Western Michigan (def. Middle Tennessee, 45-31); 2016: Old Dominion (def. Eastern Michigan, 24-20); 2017: Ohio (def. UAB, 41-6); 2018: FIU (def. Toledo, 35-32) and 2019: Buffalo (def. Charlotte, 31-9). After a year off in 2020, the game returned to Nassau in 2021, as Middle Tennessee used a fourth quarter comeback to secure a 31-24 win over Toledo.
The 2022 HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl – one of 17 college bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events – will once again feature teams from Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference. For more information on the 2022 HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl, visit BahamasBowl.com.