Last night, the Detroit Lions announced that the Quick Lane Bowl game is coming back in 2021 at Ford Field per the Detroit Lions. The game has not been played since 2019 due to the game being called off in 2020. The game was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was the first time since 1996 that the city of Detroit had not hosted a bowl game. Executive Director of the Quick Lane Bowl Brad Michaels put out a statement on bringing the game back in 2021. “We are excited to host the Quick Lane Bowl again in 2021 after a pause in 2020,” per Detroit Lions.
History of the Quick Lane Bowl
Before the Quick Lane Bowl, the city of Detroit used to host the Little Caesars Bowl game starting in 2002. The Little Caesars Bowl game featured the 8th place finishers from the Big Ten and MAC conferences.
Then in 2013, the Detroit Lions announced a new bowl game that was unnamed and featured teams from the Big Ten and ACC. This left the Little Caesars Bowl game entirely out of the dust. The Lions tried to coordinate with the Ilitch’s to host the Little Caesars Bowl game at Comerica Park, but plans fell through.
In 2014, the Lions announced the new name for Detroit’s bowl game. The Lions announced the game would be called the Quick Lane Bowl due to Ford Motor Company owning the auto shop brand Quick Lane.
The bowl game has featured teams from the ACC, Big Ten, and MAC Conference. The last time the game was played was in 2019 when Pitt Panthers beat the Eastern Michigan Eagles in a battle with a final score of 34-30.
When is the Game Scheduled?
The 2021 Quick Lane Bowl will feature one team from the Big Ten and one team from the MAC conference. The game is scheduled for December 27 and has an early kickoff at 11 a.m. The game will be televised on ESPN as well.