A college football bowl game could be headed to Myrtle Beach as soon as 2020, according to a report.
And Charleston might still be in the running for a bowl game, if The Citadel's shrinking Johnson Hagood Stadium can squeeze in enough spectators.
National writer Brett McMurphy reported Monday that the NCAA's competition committee is recommending three new bowl games for the 2020 season. Chicago and Myrtle Beach are "near locks" to land two of the new games, he said.
The site of the third new bowl game, which would boost the number of bowl games to 43, is unclear, McMurphy said. He wrote that Arizona State has shown interest, and cites Charleston and Greenville, N.C., as "cities that have expressed interest in the past."
Charleston hosted the Medal of Honor Bowl, an all-star game for college players, in 2014 and 2015 at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium. Medal of Honor Bowl officials decided in August of 2015 to pursue a "traditional" bowl game pitting two college teams, but the NCAA announced a moratorium on new bowl games in April of 2016.
"We're planning to put in a bid for a bowl game if the seating works out" at Johnson Hagood Stadium," Tom McQueeney, chairman of the Medal of Honor Bowl, said Monday.
"I feel like we're going to have a shot depending on what we can fit in there," he said.
The Citadel recently moved forward with a plan to put in 3,000 seats on the demolished east side of Johnson Hagood Stadium in time for the 2019 season, which would bring capacity to about 14,000. That's down from the stadium's former capacity of 21,000, and likely would require temporary additional seating for a bowl game.
McQueeney said conference officials that he's spoken with are interested in a Charleston bowl game. Bids are due in April of 2019, he said.
"The interest is there in Charleston," he said. "The question is, how could we stage it with what's happening at The Citadel's stadium?"
Coastal Carolina's Brooks Stadium is the proposed site of the bowl game in Myrtle Beach, which would likely pit teams from the Sun Belt and either the Mid-American Conference or Conference USA, according to McMurphy.
Brooks Stadium was expanded to 15,000 seats in 2017 and is expected to increase to 20,000 for the 2018 season.
The Chicago Bowl game, set for Wrigley Field, would feature the Big Ten against the ACC, McMurphy reported. He said the NCAA's football oversight committee is expected to approve the recommendations on Tuesday. The NCAA is expected to announce changes to the current bowl format by July 1.