The city of Chicago could be one of three hosts for new college football bowl games beginning in the 2020 season.
According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the Competition Committee has three new bowl games on its list of recommendations for the NCAA. If the NCAA does approve them then three new bowl games will be added to the 2020 season.
One of those bowl games would take place in Chicago according to sources from McMurphy.
3 new bowl games in 2020 if NCAA approves Competition Committee’s recommendations, sources said. That will make 43 bowls (including title game): 84 teams or 65% of all FBS teams will go bowling. Chicago (B1G vs. ACC) & Myrtle Beach will be 2 of new bowls https://t.co/fcxi8GKyeI
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) June 11, 2018
McMurphy goes on to say in his post that the recommendations are expected to be approved on Tuesday, meaning a record 43 bowl games will be played in 2020.
For the Chicago bowl, the tie-ins would be the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten. The game would be hosted at Wrigley Field, which will also host the upcoming Northwestern-Wisconsin game in 2018. The site was host to a NU-Illinois game a few years back but only one endzone could be used due to the outfield walls.
It appears as if that has been fixed as renderings for the NU-Wisconsin game were released last week.
There is no official name set for the Chicago bowl game. Stay tuned for more on this developing story as it becomes available.