The Pac-12 and Big Ten will face one another in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl beginning in 2014 after Monday's announcement of a six-year agreement.
The new deal will commence in 2014 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, the future home of the 49ers. The game has been played at AT&T Park in San Francisco since 2002.
This year's game will be the last at the Giants' ballpark, scheduled for Dec. 27, 2013 between BYU (if bowl eligible) and the Pac-12's No. 6 seed. If BYU does not achieve bowl eligibility, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl has a backup agreement with the ACC.
Under terms of its renewal with the Pac-12, the Bowl will have the No. 4 pick (after the Rose/playoff group, Alamo and Holiday Bowls) -- this will reflect a jump of two positions from its current No. 6 selection. The Bowl will work with the Big Ten to create the best possible matchup for the Pac-12 and ensure that at least five different Big Ten teams visit the Bay Area during the six-year term.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl executive director Gary Cavalli:
“Our objective entering negotiations for the next bowl cycle was to elevate the game. Specifically, we wanted to move up in the Pac-12 and secure the highest quality opponent possible. We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to achieve both goals. With a Pac-12 vs. Big Ten matchup and a new world-class stadium, we’ve positioned our game very well for the future.”
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott:
“We are delighted to continue the Pac-12’s relationship with the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and thrilled to build on our postseason partnership with the Big Ten Conference in the Bay Area. Having the opportunity to showcase the two conferences with a quality match-up in the San Francisco 49ers new state-of-the-art stadium is a win-win for our teams and fans.”
Big Ten commissioner James E. Delany:
“The opportunity for the Big Ten Conference to play an annual bowl game in a world-class city like San Francisco, in a state-of-the-art, new NFL stadium, and in an area rich in football tradition appealed to our Directors of Athletics and head coaches."
Pac-12 media services contributed to this report