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Meineke Care Care Bowl Corner
The Meineke Car Care Bowl has been an annual college football bowl game since 2002. The bowl game was originally certified by the NCAA as the Queen City Bowl, but when Continental Tire purchased the title sponsorship in 2002, the bowl game became known as the Continental Tire Bowl from 2002 through 2004. Following the 2004 Continental Tire Bowl, Meineke Car Care Center purchased the title sponsorship and the bowl game has been known as the Meineke Car Care Bowl ever since.
The Meineke Car Care Bowl has always been played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Meineke Car Care Bowl typically matches a team from the Big East Conference (usually the 4th or 5th place team) against a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) (also usually the 4th or 5th place team). In 2006, the Meineke Car Care Bowl entered into an agreement with the US Naval Academy and since Navy achieved NCAA bowl game eligibility, it accepted the invitation to appear in the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl. From 2007 through 2009, the bowl committee will once again select a college football team from the Big East to compete against the ACC representative.
The 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl game will be played on December 27, 2008. The 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl game will feature 2 Division I college football teams that may be ranked in the top 25 of either the Associated Press or Coaches poll preceding the Meineke Car Care Bowl contest.
The Meineke Car Care Bowl game will be televised on the ESPN Sports television network.
Meineke Car Care Bowl History
The University of Virginia Cavaliers defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers 48-22 in the inaugural Meineke Car Care Bowl game which occurred on December 28, 2002. Virginia Running Back Wali Lundy was named the Most Valuable Player of the contest for his valiant rushing effort. Virginia won its second consecutive Meineke Car Care Bowl with a 23-16 victory over Pittsburgh University the following year. Virginia Quarterback Matt Schaub was named the Most Valuable Player of the contest for a stellar passing and rushing performance. In the December 30, 2004 Continental Tire Bowl, the Boston College Eagles defeated the University of North Carolina Tar Heels 37-24 in an exciting contest. The game was not decided until the 4th quarter when Boston College began to pull away with a victory. Boston College Quarterback Paul Peterson passed for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns before breaking his leg in the 4th quarter and was named the Most Valuable Player of the contest. Boston College Running Back Andre Callender provided a strong rushing attack by piling up over 175 yards on the ground. Ironically, Boston College left the Big East 6 months after the bowl game and joined the ACC – thus its match-up against North Carolina in the 2004 Meineke Car Care Bowl gave Boston College a glimpse of what it would be like to play an ACC opponent. In the December 31, 2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl, the North Carolina State Wolfpack shutout the University of South Florida Bulls 14-0 in a defensive struggle. This was the first shutout recorded in the history of the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Marcus Stone, North Carolina State’s sophomore back-up quarterback, resurrected an atrocious offensive showing by passing and running for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter to give the Wolfpack a 14-0 halftime lead. That would be all the scoring for the game and the Wolfpack defense took care of the rest. NC State recorded 7 seven sacks in the game, including 3 by Linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who ultimately took home the Most Valuable Player award in the contest. On a positive note for South Florida, the team qualified for the Meineke Car Care Bowl for its first ever bowl game appearance in its first season as a member of the Big East Conference.
Bank of America Stadium
The Meineke Car Care Bowl has always been played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. During construction, the stadium was simply known as Carolinas Stadium from 1994 through 1996. When the stadium opened in 1996, Ericcson, a Swedish telecom company, purchased the naming rights to the stadium and it was called Ericsson Stadium. In 2004 Bank of America purchased the naming rights for a period of 20 years, and the stadium is now known as Bank of America Stadium. Fans often refer to the stadium as “The Vault” or “The Bank”. Bank of America Stadium holds a seating capacity of up to 73,367 raucous college football fans for the annual Meineke Car Care Bowl. In addition to hosting the annual Meineke Car Care Bowl, Bank of America Stadium is the home field for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. When the stadium was constructed in the early 1990’s, it was one of the first stadiums to pioneer the use of “Personal Seat Licenses”. The vast local support through the purchase of these PSL’s was a large factor in the NFL granting an NFL franchise to the city of Charlotte back in the fall of 1993. Bank of America Stadium has been used as a model for future NFL football stadiums. Since its opening in 1996, 21 other NFL football teams have moved into newer state-of-the-art facilities. In 2010 and 2011, Bank of America Stadium will replace Jacksonville’s ALLTEL Stadium as the stadium to host the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship.
Bank of America Stadium
800 South Mint Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202