New York gets a Bowl Game

Q. What year did New York City host its first college football Bowl game?

A. 1971
B. 1961
C. 1962
D. 1959

New York City hosted its first college football bowl game in 1961. A second college football bowl game was held in 1962. Both bowl games were called the Gotham Bowl and were played at legendary Yankee Stadium. The 1961 Gotham Bowl pitted Bayor against Washington State. Baylor won the game 24-9. The 1962 Gotham Bowl featured Nebraska and Miami. It was the start of five bowl game meetings between the two decorated schools. Nebraska won the 1962 Gotham Bowl Game game 36-34.

Despite the popularity and heavy attendance of the Gotham Bowl Game, it did not return to New York. Many college football fans blame the absence of a college Bowl Game on the unpredictable weather. Retired Giants quarterback Y.A. Tittle recalls his playing at days in NY as the “most frigid conditions he played in”.

On December 30, 2010 the tradition of college football bowl games returned to NY. The New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium hosted Syracuse (7-5) of the Big East played Kansas State (7-5) of the Big 12.