Tampa’s famed Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium goes down on Monday, January 2, 2012. Since its inception in 1986 (then known as the Hall of Fame Bowl), the Outback Bowl has become a New Year’s tradition in the Tampa Bay area for local football fans and visitors alike.
The Outback Bowl matches teams from the SEC and Big 10 in a post season football battle. Last year, the Florida Gators beat out the Penn State Nittany Lions with a final score of 37-24.
Tickets to the Outback Bowl run for an even $75 ($81 with online service charge) for all seats. To purchase Outback Bowl tickets, visit the Outback Bowl Ticketmaster page. Get ‘em quick because they do tend to sell out.
There are also a ton of great Outback Bowl events throughout Tampa Bay preceding the big game on January 2.
Players night at Splitsville in Channelside will feature both the selected SEC and Big 10 team squaring off in a few rounds of sure to be intense bowling action on Thursday, December 29. Teams only from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Doors open to the public at 7:15 p.m.
Head out to Clearwater Beach on Friday, December 30 and take part in Clearwater Beach Day. Beach Day goes down at the Hilton Resort next to Pier 60 and features live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war contest, and much more. Beach Day runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m and is free to public.
And finally, the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation New Year’s Eve Parade will go down on Saturday, December 31 in Ybor City. Head out and watch the pep rally featuring the two college’s bands, floats, and numerous other marching bands throughout the area. This family-friendly and free event begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs along 7th Avenue in Ybor City.
Make your plans now. The Outback Bowl and all the featured events are sure to be great ones.