BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Birmingham has landed its first post-season bowl game since 1990.
The NCAA announced yesterday the Magic City will be the site of "The Birmingham Bowl" on December 23rd.
The bowl will match a team from Conference USA with one from the Big East. Details about how those teams will be selected have not been announced.
ESPN Regional TV has the licensing rights to the game.
Game officials have planned a public event for May 9th, where they will discuss ticket, volunteer opportunities and other elements of the bowl game.
Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid says the game is an early Christmas present for the city, which should give Birmingham national exposure.
The city's last post-season bowl game was the All-America Bowl, which was discontinued in 1990. That's when Birmingham received the first two Southeastern Conference football championship games.