Heritage Bowl

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Heritage Bowl (defunct)
Stadium Georgia Dome
Location Atlanta, GA
Previous stadiums Joe Robbie Stadium (1991)
Bragg Memorial Stadium (1993)
Previous locations Miami Gardens, FL
Tallahassee, FL
Operated 1991–1999
Conference tie-ins MEAC, SWAC
Alamo (1991)
Jim Walter (1995)

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.[1] The Heritage Bowl was a successor to the Pelican Bowl, which pitted MEAC versus SWAC teams during the 1970s.[2]

Overall results[edit]

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


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Reese, Earnest (December 21, 1996). "Heritage Bowl struggling for acceptance". The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. p. 9H.