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Citrus Bowl Details
From its inception in 1947 through 1982, the Citrus Bowl was known as the Tangerine Bowl. But when the Florida Citrus Growers Association became its sponsor in 1983, the name was switched to the Florida Citrus Bowl. It remained the Citrus Bowl, but with different sponsors throughout the years. But, overall, it is best known as the Citrus Bowl.
Many bowl games started with the intent to drive tourism, but the organizers for this one (the Elks Lodge #1079 of Orlando) wanted to raise money for charity. To get the first game off the ground, each member chipped in $100.
At first, the game hosted only smaller schools. From 1947-67, it was affiliated with the Ohio Valley Conference and hosted teams like Catawba, Saint Vincent, Stetson and Emory & Henry. Catawba, which is now a division II team playing in the South Atlantic Conference, played in the first two and won, 31-6 over Maryville in ’47 and 7-0 over Marshall the year after.
In the late 1960s, it began hosting bigger schools and developed an affiliation with the MAC (1968-1975) and the Southern Conference (1968-1972). The SEC had a brief association in 1972-73 as did the ACC a little over a decade later (1987-91).
The game currently is affiliated with the Big 12 and SEC and gets first pick after the College Football Playoff selections are made.
The game is traditionally played on January 1 but will switch to a December date or January 2 if the first happens to fall on a Sunday. It has always been played in Orlando, Florida, at the Tangerine Bowl stadium, now Camping World Stadium - a perfect way to spend New Year’s Day!
When and where is the 2019 Citrus Bowl game?
The 2019 Citrus Bowl is set to take place on New Year’s Day (January 1st) at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL. This game is highly anticipated for football fans across the country, regardless of previous football roots and affiliations.
How much are Citrus Bowl tickets?
The average Citrus Bowl game ticket costs $97 on the resale market, but this may vary depending on the game’s matchup on any given year.
January 4, 2019
The 5 Most Memorable Moments From This Year’s Citrus Bowl
This year’s Citrus Bowl was a game for the ages. We saw Penn State blue-chip quarterback Trace McSorley playing on a broken foot, as he nearly led his team back from a 20-point second-half deficit against Kentucky. The Kentucky Wildcats were able to run the clock out after a late Nittany Lions field goal, notching…