During the planning stages, D.C.'s college football bowl game was known as the Congressional Bowl. And for its first two years, it was known as the EagleBank Bowl. But this year, thanks to a new sponsor, Wednesday's contest at RFK Stadium will be the Military Bowl.
Steve Beck, the bowl's president, says the switch to Northrop Grumman as the main sponsor will ensure the game returns in the years ahead, adding it also helps the bowl stand out among the 35 college football bowl games that will be played this year.
"The whole Military Bowl angle gives us this identity and now a purpose with the USO," Beck says.
Proceeds from the game will go to the USO. Beck says they don't have the final numbers yet, but he says it will be at least six figures.
Kickoff Wednesday between Maryland and East Carolina is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.