COLUMBUS, GA – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) have entered into a three-year deal to host the Pioneer Bowl in Columbus, Georgia.
The agreement, made in conjunction with the city of Columbus and the Columbus Sports Council, will begin with this year's contest marked for Saturday, December 4, 2010. All games will be played at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium, a 17,000-seat facility in the city of Columbus.
"Columbus is a bustling city and a perfect fit for the Pioneer Bowl," says CIAA Commissioner Leon G. Kerry. "The Pioneer Bowl is an important game for the HBCU and Division II football communities and we're glad that the city of Columbus is excited to partner in this tradition with us."
"I am extremely delighted about the opportunity to bring the Pioneer Bowl to a terrific host city. We will work hard to ensure that Pioneer XII offers our students, alumni and fans a rich and exciting bowl game experience," said SIAC Commissioner Greg Moore.
The Pioneer Bowl is the only NCAA sanctioned bowl game involving HBCU athletic conferences and one of only three sanctioned bowl games in Division II. Started in 1997, the game features teams from the CIAA and the SIAC. Last year's nail-biter saw Tuskegee University (SIAC) defeat Elizabeth City State University (CIAA), 21-7.
This year will mark the 12th installment of the bowl game and its first appearance in Columbus. Atlanta, GA, Mobile, AL, Charlotte, NC, and Columbia, SC, (2009) have all served as host cities to this historic game.