Armed Forces Bowl relocates to SMU

Updated: August 16, 2010, 6:28 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

Renovations to TCU's football stadium will shift the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl from Fort Worth to Dallas for at least one year, a source said Monday.

TCU on Monday announced a $105 million renovation project, the first major upgrade to Amon G. Carter Stadium since 1956, to begin immediately following its final home game on Nov. 13. The Armed Forces Bowl is expected to announce Tuesday that it will play this year's bowl game at SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

The source said the location for the 2011 bowl game has not been determined and that the game will return to Fort Worth in 2012 when stadium renovations are complete. The Armed Forces Bowl announced Monday in a press release that both teams will still be housed in Fort Worth and all activities surrounding the game will continue to be centered in Fort Worth.

The game is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Dec. 30. Army is already signed to play in the game as long as it has six wins by its annual game against Navy on Dec. 11. It will play a qualifying team from the Mountain West Conference. Air Force has played in the last three games.

Amon G. Carter Stadium has hosted the bowl game since its inception in 2003 when it was called the Fort Worth Bowl. It changed to the Armed Forces Bowl in 2006.

Jeff Caplan covers colleges for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

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