Your Guide to the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl 2018

Your Guide to the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl 2018


Calling all college football fans, it’s time to take a beach vacation. The Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl kicks off each year in December at Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas, where NCAA Division I teams make touchdowns on Caribbean turf. You don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy the events though, here’s your guide to planning the ultimate Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl experience, from bowl events to accommodations and activities that will score.

About the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

The FIU Panthers will take on the Toledo Rockets at the fifth-annual Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Friday, December 21, 2018 that will also be covered by ESPN.

The Bahamas Bowl is sponsored by Elk Grove Village, Illinois, “home to the largest industrial park in the United States,” and the bowl itself uses the village’s slogan, Makers wanted. Started back in 2014, the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl was the first major (FBS or historical equivalent) bowl game played outside the US and Canada between two US teams since January 1, 1937. Elk Grove Village announced sponsorship of the bowl in July 2018, marking it the first time a non-tourist municipality has ever sponsored a bowl game, and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism refers to the sporting event as “Football, family and fun.”

Bahamas Bowl Events to Attend

In true island spirit, the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl is a fun festivity, even for the non football fans. Here’s a list of special events to attend.

Friday, December 21, 12:30 PM

ESPN, Nassau, Bahamas
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium
Purchase tickets here, starting at $50 for general admission.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 6-6:30 pm

FIU Pep Rally and Battle of the Bands
Atlantis Royal Deck, Dolphin Cay Lawn

Thursday, Dec. 20,  6:30-7:30 pm

Welcome Reception
Atlantis Royal Deck, Dolphin Cay Lawn
Light hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket will be provided.
No charge to attend, free to all FIU fans.

Friday, Dec. 21, 10 am-12 pm

Panther Fan Tailgate
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium

Get ready to cheer the Panthers on at the official Panther Fan Tailgate. This event includes a meal ticket, unlimited juices, soda and water and one drink ticket for beer or wine, as well as a cash bar, music and prizes. Also expect a performance by the FIU Marching Band. Tickets for this extravaganza are $45 per person.

Where to Stay

The Bahamas plays host to a variety of hotels and resorts, including the Atlantis, Paradise Island, which is hosting several of the adjoining events. Check in here for the ultimate experience beyond typical accommodations. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy the amenities including a water park and aquarium on the days you’re not watching football. Other all-inclusive options include Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island, Meliá Nassau Beach – All Inclusive and Breezes Bahamas Resort, all of which are in near proximity to the stadium and game.

What to Do in the Bahamas

Nassau is among the most metropolitan cities in the Bahamas, with plenty of resorts, restaurants, nightlife and activities. There’s a lot to see on this Caribbean gem though, from endless beaches to wildlife attractions and excursions like Dolphin Cay or Big Major Cay, where you can swim with beach loving pigs. Visit our full Bahamas guide for inspiration for your Bahamas vacation.


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