Earlier this week, we learned that Nashville is planning a college football kickoff game featuring a team from the SEC. Now comes word that the Duck Commander Independence Bowl is also considering their own kickoff game.
The early-season kickoff game would be played at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The stadium, which hosts the Duck Commander Independence Bowl, has a capacity of 49,427.
Duck Commander Independence Bowl Chairman Paul Pratt says they want to start the game in the fall of 2015, and they would like local teams to participate.
“We’re hoping to use a Louisiana team,” Pratt said. “If it’s ULM or Grambling or (Louisiana) Tech playing someone from Texas, I think that will be a great match-up.”
But in order for the game to be played, bowl officials need a proposed hotel occupancy tax to pass. The additional revenue would give them the ability to create and host the game.
The addition of a kickoff game in Shreveport would bring the total number of kickoff games to five for the 2015 season. Games are already planned for Arlington (Alabama vs. Wisconsin), Atlanta (Auburn vs. Louisville), Charlotte (North Carolina vs. South Carolina), and Houston (Arizona State vs. Texas A&M).
Tennessee and UAB will open the 2015 season at LP Field in Nashville, but it will be a virtual home game for the Volunteers.