The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl and the events around it deliver an exceptional entertainment experience for visitors, local fans, student-athletes, conference partners, sponsors, volunteers and the Nashville community. This post-season collegiate football game was created in 1998 to stimulate a positive impact on the Nashville economy, national image, and community pride while showcasing the city as a premier destination with audiences throughout the country.
After the first Bowl was played at Vanderbilt Stadium (a Virginia Tech win over Alabama) the Bowl moved to Nissan Stadium, formerly known as LP Field, in downtown Nashville in 1999. As one of Nashville’s biggest annual events, the Bowl has had nearly $250 million in direct economic impact on the city in its 16-year history.
This year's Bowl will showcase the extended partnership between the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with the introduction of the Big Ten as a third conference partner in Nashville. As announced in July, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl and TaxSlayer Bowl have agreed to share selections with the Big Ten Conference and ACC to provide an opponent to the SEC through 2019. Once again the Bowl will be televised live on ESPN on December 30, at 6 p.m. CST. More information on this new and improved selection process can be found on our Selection Process page.