NASSAU, Bahamas – The third annual Popeyes Bahamas Bowl has been set for Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 at 1 p.m. ET.

The game, held in Nassau’s 15,000-seat Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, will be broadcast in the United States for the third consecutive year by ESPN.

The game was played on December 24 during the first two editions in 2014 and 2015, but now falls on a long holiday weekend in the Bahamas, allowing for an early Friday afternoon game this year.

“With the move of the game to Friday, Dec. 23, we look forward to seeing more Bahamians and families attend the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl as schools are out of session and many workers will have the day off prior to the holiday weekend,” said Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Executive Director Richard Giannini. “We have had a successful first two years with a pair of tremendous football games and a yearly showcase of the Bahamas to US television audiences, thanks to the assistance of Popeyes, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Atlantis. We know that we will build on that success in 2016.”

Crowds of over 13,000 in Nassau have watched the only current bowl game played outside of the United States. The inaugural game in 2014 saw WKU beat Central Michigan 49-48 in a memorable offensive shootout. Last year, Western Michigan beat Middle Tennessee 45-31.

The 2016 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will feature teams from two of three conferences involved in the bowl: the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference.

For more information on the 2016 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, visit PopeyesBahamasBowl.com. The game is one of 13 postseason bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

About The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, a NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) postseason bowl game, is committed to promoting the Islands of The Bahamas and the educational and athletic opportunities for the youth of The Bahamas through college football, while providing its conference partners and their alumni, fans and sponsors a first-class bowl experience. Owned and operated by ESPN Events, the third Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will take place in Nassau, Bahamas on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. The game will be televised nationally in the United States on ESPN. For more information, visit PopeyesBahamasBowl.com.

ESPN Events 
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football

AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Marmot Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Orlando, Fla.); Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

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