Syracuse University will play in the inaugural college football bowl game at the new Yankee Stadium, the first postseason game for the Orange in six seasons.
Syracuse accepted an invitation this morning to play in the Pinstripe Bowl, the school said in a release. The game, scheduled for Dec. 30, will pit the Orange against a team from the Big 12 conference.
Syracuse is 246 miles (396 kilometers) from New York City. The Orange are 7-4 this season, and 4-3 in the Big East -- the first season since 2004 that the team reached the six-win requirement for bowl eligibility.
“This is a fabulous opportunity for our institution as many alums live in the area and our fans can descend upon New York City for the holidays,” Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross said in the statement.
The Pinstripe Bowl is the first bowl game in the Bronx since the University of Nebraska beat the University of Miami in the 1962 Gotham Bowl in the original Yankee Stadium. The Orange played in the first football game at the original stadium, a 3-0 win over the University of Pittsburgh in 1923. The new $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium was completed in 2009 and seats 54,251 for football.
Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, a Bronx native, said the game and its location would help re-energize a program that has fallen on hard times. Syracuse won a national title in 1959 and from 1987 through 1999 played in 11 bowl games. Since 2000, the team is 46-77 and has played just two postseason games.
“The opportunity to play in the Pinstripe Bowl in my hometown is part of the whole dream,” Marrone said in the statement. “New York State is our foundation. This is another step in our return to prominence.”
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