Pinstripe Bowl

Pinstripe Bowl
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Stadium Yankee Stadium
Location The Bronx, New York City
Operated 2010–present
Conference tie-ins ACC, Big Ten
Previous conference tie-ins American, Big 12, Big East, Notre Dame
Payout US$2,000,000
New Era Cap Company (2010–present)
Ford (Supporting)
Hess (Supporting)[1]
Former names
Yankee Bowl (2010, working title)
2016 matchup
Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern
(Northwestern 31–24)
2017 matchup
Iowa vs. Boston College (Iowa 27–20)

The Pinstripe Bowl is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football bowl game that is held at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York City. Since its inaugural game in 2010, the bowl has been sponsored by New Era Cap Company and officially known as the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. The game is organized by the New York Yankees, primary tenants of the venue, and is currently affiliated with the Atlantic Coast Conference (until 2019) and Big Ten Conference (until 2021). The game previously had ties with the Big 12 Conference and the Big East Conference. The current champions are the Iowa Hawkeyes. ESPN has television and radio rights for the game through 2015.

The winner of the game is awarded the George M. Steinbrenner Trophy, while the David C. Koch MVP Trophy is awarded to the bowl's most valuable player.[2] The Pinstripe Bowl is one of two FBS bowls held in the Northeast, the other being the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland. It is also one of three bowls that are played outdoors in what are considered cold-weather cities, joining the Military Bowl and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl held in Boise, Idaho.


The "Yankee" bowl was announced by the New York Yankees' then–minority owner Hal Steinbrenner, then–New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, then-Big East commissioner John Marinatto, and then–Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe at a Yankee Stadium press conference on September 30, 2009. The last bowl in New York City proper was the Gotham Bowl pitted Miami against Nebraska at the original Yankee Stadium in 1962. The bowl paired the fourth-place team from the Big East Conference against the seventh-place team from the Big 12 Conference.[3][4] In the event the Big 12 lacked an eligible team, Notre Dame received its invitation, as happened in 2013.[5]

On March 9, 2010, the Yankee bowl official name was announced to be the Pinstripe Bowl with New Era Cap Company agreed to sponsor the bowl for four years while ESPN agreed to broadcast the bowl for six years. The inaugural game was played on December 30, 2010.[6][7]

Initially a matchup between the Big 12 and the Big East (which became The American), the matchup now pits an Atlantic Coast Conference team against a Big Ten team starting in 2014, the same year Rutgers University, a New Jersey university that is the closest FBS school in the NYC area, moved to the Big Ten from The American, and one year after Syracuse University moved from the Big East to the ACC.

The ACC agreed to a six-year deal with the Pinstripe Bowl, and the Big Ten agreed to the alignment for eight years. The ACC has adopted a tiered system so the same conference position will not necessarily go to the same bowl.[8] quoted sources that third through sixth bowl-eligible teams would be tiered with the Pinstripe, Belk, Sun, TaxSlayer and Music City bowls.[9]

Game results

Date playedWinning teamLosing teamnotesAttendance
December 30, 2010Syracuse36Kansas State34notes38,274
December 30, 2011Rutgers27Iowa State13notes38,328
December 29, 2012Syracuse38West Virginia14notes39,098
December 28, 2013Notre Dame29Rutgers16notes47,122
December 27, 2014Penn State31Boston College30 (OT)notes49,012
December 26, 2015Duke 44Indiana41 (OT)notes37,218
December 28, 2016Northwestern31#23 Pittsburgh24notes37,918
December 27, 2017Iowa27Boston College20notes37,667


Year MVP Team Position
2010Delone CarterSyracuseRB
2011Jawan JamisonRutgersRB
2012Prince-Tyson GulleySyracuseRB
2013Zack MartinNotre DameOT
2014Christian HackenbergPenn StateQB
2015Thomas SirkDukeQB
Shaun WilsonRB
2016Justin JacksonNorthwesternRB
2017Akrum WadleyIowaRB

Most appearances

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
T1Boston College20–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Duke, Iowa, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State
Lost: Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia

Appearances by conference

Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 8 games (16 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
T1The American[n 1]431.750
T1Big Ten431.750
4Big 12303.000
5Independents[n 2]1101.000
  1. Following the 2013 split of the original Big East along football lines, the FBS schools reorganized as the American Athletic Conference, which retains the charter of the original Big East. Syracuse (2010, 2012) and Rutgers (2011) appeared as members of the Big East.
  2. Notre Dame (2013)

See also


  1. "Official Sponsors". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  2. "David C. Koch MVP Trophy Winners". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  3. Mandel, Stewart (2009-09-29). "Yankees, Big East, Big 12 to announce Yankee Bowl formation". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
  4. Hoch, Bryan (April 23, 2010). "Pinstripe Bowl granted four-year license". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  5. Bennett, Brian (2009-09-29). "Yankee Bowl will start in 2010". Retrieved 2009-09-29.
  6. (March 9, 2010). First Pinstripe Bowl to be held Dec. 30. Accessed on January 8, 2013.
  7. Bennett, Brian. (March 9, 2010). Put on your pinstripes. Accessed on January 8, 2013.
  8. ACC reaches six-year deal with Pinstripe Bowl. Sports Accessed on January 8, 2013.
  9. McMurphy, Brett. (June 24, 2013). Pinstripe Bowl, ACC agree to deal. Accessed on January 8, 2013.
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