The Big East has inked a deal with the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando that essentially replaces the Gator Bowl as the conference’s most prestigious bowl affiliation. A Big East team would be eligible following the 2011 season.
The Champs Bowl will have the option of choosing Notre Dame once in four years over the second-ranked conference team, unlike the Gator Bowl which could have chosen the Irish twice in that time. The bowl also is strongly affiliated with the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Orange County and the City of Orlando have committed $175 million for the first-ever renovation to the 70-year old facility. The stadium will begin a major transformation which will be completed by 2012. Capacity is 65,000-plus.