NEW YORK -- New York City wants to host a college bowl game
in 2010 at the proposed future home of the New York Jets on the
West Side of Manhattan.
The Big Apple Bowl would be played at the New York Sports and
Convention Center, which is still in the planning stages, sports
officials said Sunday.
The $1.4 billion stadium would be linked to the expansion of the
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. It would be designed to house
conventions and concerts -- and the 2012 Olympics, if New York is
chosen -- in addition to football.
The Jets, whose lease at the Meadowlands in New Jersey expires
in 2008, have committed to spending $800 million in private funds
on the stadium. The city and state would add $300 million each to
build a retractable roof and a deck over the existing rail yards.
But approval to build the stadium hasn't been given, and the
plan faces opposition from community groups and many elected
officials who are against using tax dollars for a sports facility
when schools and city services are facing a budget crunch.
New York City hasn't hosted a college bowl game since the Gotham
Bowl in Yankee Stadium in 1962.
If the stadium is built, its completion would be slated for
2009. Postseason bowl games are required to petition the NCAA for
certification. That process would begin once the timeline for the
stadium is completed.