Monday, Aug. 24, 2009 | 3:16 p.m.
The Maaco Bowl Las Vegas — formerly the Las Vegas Bowl — announced on Monday that it has extended contracts with the Mountain West Conference and the Pac-10 through 2013.
The bowl game annually gets the top choice from the MWC and the No. 5 choice from the Pac-10.
“We are ecstatic that the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will continue to pit the two top conferences in the West against each other here in the Entertainment Capital of the World,” said MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Executive Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy. “There is a lot of movement going on out there right now in the bowl landscape and our executive committee worked really hard to get this extension done. It’s a great move for our city and our new title sponsor, MAACO.
“We’ve enjoyed unprecedented success since these two conferences joined our game and we expect that to continue,” she said. “We’ll put our bowl week experience for the teams and their fans up against any bowl in the country and I think both sides love coming to Las Vegas. In addition, along with this new contract, we will begin exploring opportunities to move future dates of our bowl to after the Christmas holiday for the first time ever to help grow our game.”
Arizona defeated BYU, 31-21, in last year's contest at Sam Boyd Stadium. BYU has appeared in the postseason contest each of the past four seasons.