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New stadium stage for TV breaks during Boca Bowl

Fans in the stands will be entertained during TV breaks at this year’s Boca Raton Bowl.

A Saturday kickoff on ABC-TV won’t be the only first for the annual college football game at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 21. The game is played in FAU stadium.

“We’re building a small stage behind the goal post on the south end for entertainment during TV time outs,” said executive director Doug Mosley.

This year’s matchup between Conference USA Champion FAU and Southern Methodist University [SMU] was announced Sunday. Tickets are $37 for the end zone and $57 for the sideline.

“We’re way ahead on ticket sales,” Mosley added.

The teams were picked with an eye toward network exposure, he said. “It was all about putting on an interesting game for that national exposure. It’s a very attractive matchup.”

FAU captured their conference championship against UAB 49-6 on Saturday.

It’s unclear whether coach Lane Kiffin’s departure for Ole Miss will affect the team. Kiffin and Mississippi made the announcement after FAU defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

FAU (10-3) will be the 16th conference champion to play in the sixth-year history of the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl, according to the game.

SMU’s Mustangs won all six home games and only lost by one score in its two losses on the road, Mosley added.

The Owls may be the home team but they’ll be billeted in The Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place in Jupiter. SMU’s Mustangs will stay at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

The Boca Bowl’s inaugural year was 2014. For five years it was played on the Tuesday night before Christmas and aired on ESPN.

“We’ll be playing in the bright Florida sunshine,” said Mosley. “We’re excited about moving to the weekend this year and kicking off in the afternoon.”

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