Syracuse accepts invitation to play in New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Syracuse accepts invitation to play in New Era Pinstripe Bowl

The Syracuse Orange today accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl, scheduled for December 30, 2010, at Yankee Stadium. Syracuse Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross accepted the invitation this morning.

"We are thrilled to have the Syracuse Orange representing the Big East Conference in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl," said New York Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. "It is exciting for us to feature such a respected academic institution from the great state of New York in the first year of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. We expect the historic backdrop of Yankee Stadium and the many attractions of New York City to create a one-of-a-kind bowl event for the athletes participating and the legions of Syracuse fans that will have the opportunity to watch their team play in person."

The contest will mark the first NCAA football bowl game in the Bronx since the Gotham Bowl on December 15, 1962, when Nebraska edged Miami (Fla.), 36-34, at the original Yankee Stadium.

At 7-5, the Orange finished the season bowl eligible for the first time since 2004. They will face a representative from the Big 12.

"This is truly exciting for our football program, the athletics department and the University. We are proud to be part of the Pinstripe Bowl in its inaugural year," Dr. Gross said. "The Yankees are a class organization with tremendous history and we are excited about participating with them at Yankee Stadium. 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. We continue to want to represent as New York's college team as we are the only BCS school in the state of New York and plan to paint the city Orange."

Syracuse is led by Head Coach Doug Marrone, a graduate of Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx, who also served as New York Jets offensive line coach from 2002-05. His maternal grandfather, Robert Thompson, worked as an usher at the original Yankee Stadium for nearly 20 years.

"When the announcement was made that a bowl game was going to be played in Yankee Stadium for the first time, my thought was that if we were not going to play in a BCS game, then how great would it be to play in the first college bowl game in Yankee Stadium in my first head coaching job," Marrone said. "The opportunity to play in the Pinstripe Bowl in my hometown is part of the whole dream. New York State is our foundation. This is another step in our return to prominence."

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl will mark the seventh time the Orange will play a college football game at the home of the Yankees. The Orange were participants in the first-ever college football game at the original Yankee Stadium, defeating Pittsburgh, 3-0, on October 20, 1923.

Syracuse Football at the Original Yankee Stadium
Oct. 20, 1923: Syracuse 3, Pittsburgh 0
Oct. 12, 1940: Syracuse 47, NYU 13
Oct. 18, 1941: Syracuse 31, NYU 0
Nov. 5, 1960: Army 9, Syracuse 6
Nov. 28, 1963: Syracuse 14, Notre Dame 7
Nov. 7, 1964: Syracuse 27, Army 15

Kickoff for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 30. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN, which has also secured national and local radio rights for ESPN Radio. There is a four-year agreement extending through 2013 for the Big East and Big 12 to participate in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

"This is a fabulous opportunity that allows a school like Syracuse-with such a rich football history and tradition in New York-to play again in the home of the Yankees for the first time in nearly half a century," said Mark Holtzman, Yankees Executive Director of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. "The events and activities leading up to the December 30 game will spotlight the very best that Syracuse University and New York City have to offer."

Along with the Big 12 participant, Syracuse players, coaches and university staff will take part in events in the days prior to the game, showcasing their respective universities to the New York metropolitan area.

Special events, promotions and community outreach will take place throughout New York City during the week of the bowl game to create an unforgettable experience for fans and families of the visiting teams.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has organized a series of community initiatives with New York City's Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL), including installing a new all-grass football field at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx, hosting the PSAL Football Championship Game on Tuesday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m. and honoring the best scholar-athletes in New York City at an "MVP Dinner" on Monday, December 20, at Yankee Stadium.

In addition, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation will host instructional clinics at Macombs Dam Park, located across the street from Yankee Stadium. The park will also hold a "Battle of the Bands," for invited high school performing arts students on the morning of the bowl game, featuring the marching bands of the two schools competing in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Tickets for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl are currently available at NewEraPinstripeBowl.com, the official Web site of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, where fans can access up-to-the-moment information regarding the game and sign up to volunteer.

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl will be the second college football game to take place at Yankee Stadium. Notre Dame defeated Army on November 20, 2010, in front of a sold out crowd of 54,201 - the largest crowd yet at the current Yankee Stadium. Yankee Stadium will also host a series of Army home football games vs. Rutgers in 2011, Air Force in 2012 and Boston College in 2014.