Yes, the Cincinnati Chili Bowl Could Become a Real Thing

The proposed college bowl game could lure top Division I teams to Cincy later this year.

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click to enlarge TQL Stadium could see some Cincinnati Chili Bowl action in the future. - (Top) Francisco Huerta Jr., (bottom) Hailey Bollinger
(Top) Francisco Huerta Jr., (bottom) Hailey Bollinger
TQL Stadium could see some Cincinnati Chili Bowl action in the future.

It seems Cincinnati will celebrate its chili any way it can.

The Cincinnati USA Sports Commission is looking to add a new game to the extensive college bowl season. The Cincinnati Chili Bowl – named, of course, for the local cheese-topped delicacy – would welcome Division I college football teams to TQL Stadium in the West End for a December postseason matchup. Jackie Reau, CEO of Game Day Communications, and local businessmen Steven Young and John Schenk have launched a feasibility study for the effort, which organizers say could attract even more major sports events to the region.

According to a press release from Reau, the CW Network would air the game nationally if the event is approved.

"Officials from the Cincinnati USA Sports Commission have studied best practices from college football games over the last year to ensure the following ideals: A professionally managed football game aired on national TV to promote the Cincinnati region, a fiscally responsible opportunity for the participating colleges, unique fan engagement events and an opportunity for the student athletes to network with area executives for future employment opportunities," the press release says.

Dozens of local corporate leaders would network with student-athletes the day after the new bowl game, and fan activities could include local tours, college band and dance team challenges and an e-sports tournament, the release says.

The Cincinnati Chili Bowl has not yet received NCAA approval, but Reau says that organizers have begun talking with Division I conference officials about options. The game could be played as early as the 2023 postseason.

There were 42 college bowl games during the 2022 postseason.


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