|Heritage Bowl (defunct)|
|Previous stadiums||Joe Robbie Stadium (1991)
Bragg Memorial Stadium (1993)
|Previous locations||Miami Gardens, FL
|Conference tie-ins||MEAC, SWAC|
The Heritage Bowl is a dormant NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) bowl game pitting a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) against a team from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). It was hoped that it would become a true national championship game for historically black universities, but sometimes the conference champions declined the automatic bowl bid in order to participate in the NCAA's then-Division I-AA playoffs instead. This was an especially common issue for the MEAC, often leaving its runner-up to represent the conference in the bowl. Because of the MEAC conference unwillingness to send its conference champion to the bowl game, the television contract was ended and eventually the game, even though attendance to the game surpass some higher division bowl games. Perhaps not coincidentally, the SWAC won most of the Heritage Bowls that were held. The game was played in Miami, Florida, in 1991; Tallahassee, Florida, in 1993; and Atlanta, Georgia, from 1994–1999. The Heritage Bowl was a successor to the Pelican Bowl, which pitted MEAC versus SWAC teams during the 1970s.
|Date||SWAC Representative||MEAC Representative||Venue||Attendance|
|December 21, 1991||Alabama State||36||North Carolina A&T||13||Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)||7,724|
|January 2, 1993||Grambling State||45||Florida A&M||15||Bragg Memorial Stadium (Tallahassee, FL)||11,273|
|January 1, 1994||Southern||11||South Carolina State||0||Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)||36,128|
|December 30, 1994||Grambling State||27||South Carolina State||31||Georgia Dome (Atlanta)||22,179|
|December 29, 1995||Southern||30||Florida A&M||25||Georgia Dome (Atlanta)||25,164|
|December 31, 1996||Southern||24||Howard||27||Georgia Dome (Atlanta)||18,126|
|December 27, 1997||Southern||34||South Carolina State||28||Georgia Dome (Atlanta)||32,629|
|December 26, 1998||Southern||28||Bethune–Cookman||2||Georgia Dome (Atlanta)||32,955|
|December 18, 1999||Southern||3||Hampton||24||Georgia Dome (Atlanta)||29,561|
- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Special Regular and Postseason Games: Heritage Bowl". 2010 NCAA Division II-III Football Records. NCAA.org. p. 110. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
- Reese, Earnest (December 21, 1996). "Heritage Bowl struggling for acceptance". The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. p. 9H.