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OUTBACK BOWL ANNOUNCES NOON KICKOFF FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY 2015 GAME

OUTBACK BOWL ANNOUNCES NOON KICKOFF FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY 2015 GAME

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                              September 9, 2014

 

 OUTBACK BOWL ANNOUNCES NOON KICKOFF FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY 2015 GAME

 Tampa, FL – The 29th edition of the Outback Bowl will kick off at 12:00 Noon EST on New Year’s Day 2015, bowl officials announced today.  The bowl plays host to teams from the Big Ten Conference and Southeastern Conference in Raymond James Stadium. 

“We are extremely excited for the opportunity to be the first game to kick off the most tradition-rich day of college football – New Year’s Day,” notes Outback Bowl President/CEO Jim McVay.  “All eyes of the college football world will be on the Outback Bowl and our beautiful Tampa Bay community.”

This will also be the 20th year for Outback Steakhouse as title sponsor of the bowl, the longest title sponsorship of any college bowl game.

Tickets to the bowl are on sale through Ticketmaster.  Phone orders can be placed with a credit card by calling Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or 1-800-745-3000 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com.  Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet in the state of Florida.

For information on premium seating through a bowl membership package call the Outback Bowl office directly at (813) 874-BOWL or go to the bowl web site at www.outbackbowl.com for details.

The Outback Bowl attracts tens-of-thousands of out of market visitors from more than 40 states who join local fans each year in generating an economic impact estimated at $1 billion on the Tampa Bay area over its history.  The game also generates tens of millions of dollars in exposure for the region each year and has contributed more than $117 million to universities over its history. 

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College Football Fans Can Vote for Their Teams at OutbackBowl.com

College football fans once again have a chance to voice their opinion on what teams they want to play in the Outback Bowl.  Each year the bowl asks fans to vote for the SEC-Big Ten match-up they’d like to see play in Tampa’s New Year’s Day game by participating in the bowl’s Online Fan Poll at www.outbackbowl.com. “We like to get input from the fans and see who they are really excited about seeing in the game, provided they are available to us,” explains Mike Schulze, Outback Bowl Director of Communications & Sponsorships.

The Outback Bowl gets the third choice of teams from the Big Ten and Southeastern Conferences.  There are currently eight teams from those two leagues ranked in the BCS Top 25.

Last year’s game featured a triple-overtime thriller between Michigan State and Georgia.

Teams are expected to be announced on Sunday, December 2.  This year’s game will be played on January 1st in Raymond James Stadium.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00PM ET.

Tickets to the bowl are available online through Ticketmaster, by calling 800-745-3000, or at Ticketmaster outlets throughout Florida.  Fans can get information on bowl events, area hotels and attractions, etc. at www.outbackbowl.com.