- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A group of government, civic and business officials in Central Arkansas submitted an application Wednesday to the NCAA for a college football bowl game to be played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

If approved by the NCAA, the group plans to hold the first game in December between teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the American Athletic Conference. If the NCAA approves the plan, a coordinating committee will announce the bowl’s name, title sponsor and television partner later.

“We think a college bowl game will be the perfect addition to the event schedule at War Memorial,” said Kevin Crass of Little Rock, the chairman of the War Memorial Stadium Commission. “The game will showcase the attractions that central Arkansas has to offer for a national television audience while introducing a new group of visitors to the area’s many amenities.”

The Sun Belt members with football teams are Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas State, South Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe, Troy, New Mexico State, Idaho and Georgia State. The American Athletic Conference’s football teams are Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, the U.S. Naval Academy, South Florida, SMU, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa.

The group hopes for a decision from the NCAA in May.

The stadium, with a current seating capacity of 54,120, was built in 1947-48, has long served as a second home site for the Arkansas Razorbacks and occasionally has been the site for Arkansas State games.

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