May 30, 2006
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NAVY has reached an agreement that makes its team eligible for the Meineke Car Care Bowl, game officials announced Tuesday.
The deal assures a bowl-eligible NAVY or the No. 3 selection from the Big East Conference will play an Atlantic Coast Conference team.
"Having the opportunity to bring NAVY to Charlotte is a great position to be in come selection time," said bowl executive director Will Webb in a statement released by Raycom Sports, owner and operator of the game. "This deal affords the Meineke Car Care Bowl several very attractive possibilities for this year's game."
In 2005, the Midshipmen sold 20,000 tickets for the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, and officials estimate that NAVY helped draw up to 35,000 people to the contest.
In 2004, the Naval Academy brought 18,000 fans to the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco. A year before that, NAVY brought 25,000 fans to the Houston Bowl, leading to a record crowd of 51,068.
The 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl is scheduled for Dec. 30 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.