LA Bowl

The LA Bowl (branded as the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl presented by Stifel for sponsorship reasons), is an upcoming NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivisioncollege footballbowl game scheduled to be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, starting with the inaugural game on December 18, 2021. The game plans to feature bowl-eligible teams from the Mountain West and Pac-12 conferences.

College football postseason game
LA Bowl
Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl presented by Stifel
Stadium SoFi Stadium
Location Inglewood, California
Operated 2021 (planned debut)
Conference tie-ins
2021 matchup
Oregon State vs. Utah State (December 18, 2021)

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The Mountain West and Pac-12 announced tie-ins for the new bowl in July 2019, under a five-year agreement.[1] The game was officially unveiled in February 2020. It will match up the Mountain West champion (or the next-highest pick available if the conference champion is selected for the New Year’s Six) against the fifth pick from the Pac-12. Previously, the Mountain West champion had received an automatic bid to the Las Vegas Bowl.[2] The game is owned and operated by the owners of SoFi Stadium,[3] StadCo LA, LLC.[4]

Three weeks before the scheduled bowl game debut on December 30, 2020, the game was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

On June 16, 2021, the game was renamed the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl as part of a naming rights agreement with comedian and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. Announcing the renaming on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kimmel remarked that “never before has a bowl game been named after a human being (as far as I know, I didn’t check)”.[6] The game is the first bowl named for a living figure; the Will RogersBowl was held in Oklahoma City in 1947 as a memorial to the actor who died in 1935. The investment bank Stifel was later added as a presenting sponsor.[3]

The 2021 game will be televised by ABC.[6]

  1. Crepea, James (2019-07-25). “Pac-12 adds Los Angeles Bowl to postseason lineup starting in 2020”. oregonlive. Retrieved 2020-01-09.
  2. “SoFi Stadium will be home to new college bowl game this season”. Los Angeles Times. 2020-02-27. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  3. “Stifel and Jimmy Kimmel team up as big names on college bowl game”. St. Louis Business Journal. 2021-11-02. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  4. “How much will Rams, Chargers season tickets cost in Inglewood’s new stadium?”. Orange County Register. March 7, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  5. “Inaugural LA Bowl Postponed Until 2021 Due To Coronavirus”. Associated Press. 2020-12-07. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  6. Tapp, Tom (2021-06-17). “Jimmy Kimmel Gets College Football Bowl Game Named After Him: The ‘Jimmy Kimmel L.A. Bowl’ At SoFi Stadium”. Deadline. Retrieved 2021-06-17.

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