CMU to Represent MAC in Motor City Bowl

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University has been selected to represent the Mid-American Conference in the Motor City Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit on Tuesday, Dec. 26. The Chippewas will face a yet-to-be-determined opponent at 7:30 p.m. in front of a nationwide television audience on ESPN.

"We are excited to be back at Ford Field and to be competing in the Motor City Bowl," CMU head coach Brian Kelly said. "One of the goals of our program has been to play in the Motor City Bowl. It's a special event for Central Michigan University and our alumni in that area."

The Motor City Bowl will mark the Chippewas' third Division I-A postseason bowl appearance. CMU competed in the 1990 California Raisin Bowl and 1994 Las Vegas Bowl. The Chippewas are seeking their first victory in a Division I-A bowl game.

"We are thrilled to be a part of this historic event and be the first team from the state of Michigan to play in the Motor City Bowl," said Director of Athletics Dave Heeke. "It is an exciting event for the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan."

Central Michigan will become the first program from the state of Michigan to compete in the Motor City Bowl. The MAC is 5-4 overall in the Motor City Bowl.

"We are tremendously excited that CMU is coming to the Motor City Bowl," said Motor City Bowl Executive Director Ken Hoffman. "This is our 10th anniversary game, and we've never had a team from the state of Michigan. Whatever success we've had to date has been without the benefit of an in-state team. We are looking forward to CMU activating and mobilizing its fans and constituents for a great crowd and atmosphere."

Fans will have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets exclusively through the CMU Athletics Ticket Office. Premium ($40) and reserved ($30) seats are available at a savings of $15. Students, with a valid ID, can purchase student section sideline seats for $20. Those tickets will cost $45 if not purchased through CMU.

Purchases of discounted tickets may be made online at, by calling 1-888-FIRE-UP2 or in person at the CMU Athletics Ticket Office at Rose Arena. Chippewa Club members must purchase their tickets by Wednesday, Dec. 6 in order to take advantage of special seating privileges.

Four MAC programs have been extended invitations to bowl games. Along with CMU, Northern Illinois will be playing in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 19, Western Michigan in the International Bowl on Jan. 6 and Ohio in the GMAC Bowl on Jan. 7.

The Chippewas will play their first postseason football game since 1994 on Thursday when they meet Ohio in the MAC Championship Game at Ford Field. ESPN will televise the 7:30 p.m. contest to a national audience.

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