Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Welcomes the Mountain West as 2013 Bowl Partner

Dec. 14, 2012

BOISE, Idaho - The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl announced today a new partnership with the Mountain West beginning in 2013.

The Mountain West (MW) will replace the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in the 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl facing a high-selection team from the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

"We are thrilled to become a bowl partner with the Mountain West who has a rich bowl history," said Kevin McDonald, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Executive Director. "The conference houses many regional teams who produce outstanding programs and we look forward to hosting them in our bowl game."

The Mountain West has collected four ESPN Bowl Challenge Cups since the inception of the award in 2002, the most of any conference. The MW earned cup titles during the 2004-05, 2007-08, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. The MAC has shared one cup title, during the 2011-12 season.

The nation's longest running outdoor cold-weather bowl will get the Mountain West's No. 6 selection for the 17th annual game, set for December 2013.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to add the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to our bowl line-up," said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. "The geographical fit and the fact that many fans can drive or have a short flight to Boise is a huge plus. Our friends at Utah State have expressed their very positive experience with the bowl game and we look forward to participating in 2013."

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will hold its 2012 game on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2:30 p.m. MST at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The game will be aired on ESPN as the second bowl game of the season. Tickets can be purchased through www.idahotickets.com, by calling 208-426-4737 or by visiting the Boise State Bronco Stadium ticket office.

About the Bowl
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl recognizes the positive impact teams, coaches and student-athletes have in their communities and their leadership roles in promoting humanitarian efforts. Each year, the Bowl generates nearly $1 million in direct economic impact for the facilities and charities involved. For more information, visit www.famousidahopotatobowl.com.