Named after the Alabama state flower, the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl is a college football bowl game that annually features a representative from the Sun Belt Conference against one from the Mid-American Conference at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. The game is televised live on the ESPN family of networks. The recently renovated Cramton Bowl featured the first football game in the South to be played at night – Cloverdale High versus Pike Road High in 1927. The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl is one of 13 postseason bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, an ESPN division based in Charlotte, N.C. ESPN Events owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The Camellia Bowl’s executive director, Johnny Williams, and his team oversee this event from Montgomery.
- Executive Director: Johnny Williams
- Assistant Executive Director: Will Pope
- City of Montgomery Liaison: Carol Gunter
- Director of Ticket Operations: Marty McGinty
- Media Relations Director: Barry Allen
On Dec. 20, 2014, the inaugural Raycom Media Camellia Bowl kicked off at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. MORE
The Cramton Bowl has played host to Major League Baseball, minor league baseball and plenty of football. The stadium has the designation of having been the first in the South to feature a football game under the lights, a night game pitting Cloverdale against Pike Road High School in 1927. The game drew more than 7,200 attendees and helped prompt a stadium seating expansion in 1929. Cramton Bowl is also formerly the home of the Blue-Gray Football Classic college football game. The Alabama Crimson Tide played home games in the capital city at Cramton Bowl from 1922 to 1932 and in various years through 1954.
To provide a memorable experience for student-athletes, coaches and staff, administrations and fans that positively showcases the history, diversity and revitalization of Montgomery, Ala., on a national stage through Southern hospitality and unique events that will increase community spirit and stimulate local economic development.