Visitors to The Inaugural Boca Raton Bowl are in for a Tropical Treat




Scott Schoenen, Director of Public Relations and Communications
Discover The Palm Beaches

Brittani Wood, Account Supervisor
Development Counsellors International

Marshall University Faces Northern Illinois

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (December 8, 2014) - The inaugural Boca Raton Bowl is set to take place at Florida Atlantic University Stadium (FAU Stadium) in Boca Raton on Tuesday, Dec. 23 matching up the Northern Illinois Huskies and Marshall University's Thundering Herd. While the Boca Raton Bowl may be the main attraction for visiting fans, The Palm Beaches offer unmatched tropical experiences before and after kickoff.

Marshall and Northern Illinois fans and their families have the opportunity to enjoy a holiday escape with temperatures averaging 78 degrees. The state-of-the-art FAU Stadium also welcomes fans to The Palm Beaches with a tiki bar area and views of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Palm Beaches are rolling out the red carpet for fans, offering hotel packages to fit a range of budgets and interests, from ocean-front luxury resorts to trusted brands and boutique hotels.
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The Palm Beaches feature 47 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches, warm gulfstream water, an array of cultural venues, nationally-ranked golf and internationally-renowned restaurants. The Palm Beaches are home to a vibrant nightlife scene, as well as a plethora of ecotourism and family-friendly attractions. Visitors can also enjoy premier luxury boutiques, world-class shopping centers and a string of consignment and antique shops perfect for Christmas shoppers.

"We welcome our guests from Northern Illinois and Marshall to The Palm Beaches and invite them to spend extra time here to enjoy the wide diversity of experiences our community offers," said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches. "Fans will experience Florida in the best possible way, including a post-season college match up with an ocean view!"

Boca Raton Bowl fans will be greeted with festivities including Fan Fest on the grounds of FAU Stadium, complete with live music, children's play areas, food, drink and more, leading up to the 7:30 p.m. kick off. The official airport of the Boca Raton Bowl is Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). The airport boasts 12 airlines and 160 flights daily.

The Marshall team will be staying at Boca Raton Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria resort, and the NIU Huskies will be at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.

Visiting fans can share their Boca Bowl vacation experiences on social media by using the hash tags #BocaBowl and #PalmBeachesFL. Fans may also visit Discover The Palm Beaches blog for things to do in and around Boca Raton.

About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts, commonly referred to as, The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, producing $30 million in bed-tax revenue, lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supporting 60,000 jobs.

About The Boca Raton Bowl
In October 2013, ESPN Regional Television announced the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl, to be played at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. The inaugural postseason college football event will kick off on December 23, 2014, , and will be televised live on ESPN. The Boca Raton Bowl will feature teams from the Mid-American Conference, Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference, with the leagues rotating each year as part of a six-year agreement (2014-2019). The inaugural game will match up the Mid-American Conference and Conference USA.

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