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Pioneer Bowl headed to Mobile Bay

September 21, 2004

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference have selected Mobile Bay as the new home for their annual Pioneer Bowl. This year's game is set for Saturday, December 4, 2004 at Ladd Peebles Stadium. .

The two conferences represent 23 colleges and universities in the Southeast United States and the game has been played in Atlanta every December since 1998. The Pioneer Bowl is the only NCAA sanctioned Division II football bowl game for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Commissioners William Lide of the SIAC and Leon Kerry of the CIAA began searching for a new city and venue to host this event two months ago. After a recent visit to Mobile, they discovered a city that is ideal for their event not only in terms of a great football stadium, but the spirit and willingness of local officials to help them find a permanent home for the bowl game and ensure its success.

During their Mobile visit, the commissioners met with Mayor Michael C. Dow, Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau President Leon Maisel, Mobile Convention Center general manager Bob Brazier, hotel representatives and the Board of Directors of Ladd Peebles Stadium.

A local host committee co-chaired by Michael Pierce and Mike Jones will begin preparations to plan and execute a successful Pioneer Bowl game. Other events including a Battle of the Bands Competition, Toys for Tots, Step Competition, Team visits to local hospitals, Kickoff Banquet and Awards event will coincide with the bowl game.

Mayor Dow said “we obviously are a great city that knows how to execute successful bowl games,” alluding to the already successful GMAC Bowl and Senior Bowl games played in Mobile. Dow also stated that this will give Mobile its third college football bowl game, the most of any city in the U.S.

A press conference officially announcing the bowl game will be held at the Mobile Convention Center on Monday, September 27 at 10:00am


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