The Las Vegas Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A post-season college football bowl game. It has been played annually at the 40,000-seat Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. every December since 1992. The bowl is owned by ESPN Events.
As the Las Vegas Bowl was initially the replacement for the California Bowl, it inherited that bowl’s tie-ins with the champions of the Big West Conference and the Mid-American Conference. These remained intact until 1996, after which the Big West’s champion earned a berth in the Humanitarian Bowl while the MAC’s champion was given a berth in the Motor City Bowl. 1997 and 1998 saw a team from the Western Athletic Conference face an at-large team, and the Mountain West Conference took over for the WAC for the 1999 and 2000 games. Since 2001, the Mountain West and Pac-12 Conferences (originally known as the Pacific-10 Conference) have matched up in Las Vegas.