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Orange Bowl Details
The Capital One Orange Bowl is one of the six games that are a part of the College Football Playoffs semifinals rotation. Every year, it is played at the Miami Dolphins’ home base: the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. From 1938 to 1996, prior to moving into the Hard Rock Stadium, the Orange Bowl game was played in the Miami Orange Bowl.
The origins of the game can be traced as far back as 1926 when city leaders of Miami decided to hold the ‘Fiesta of the American Tropics’ featuring a college football game, as a way to promote tourism to the area. It was only held for one year, but in 1932 it was revived and became a continuous feat for many years to come. At the time of its revival, the game was called the Palm Festival. At its center was the Festival of Palms Bowl, a college football game between the Miami Hurricanes and an invited team.
This game was never officially recognized as a bowl game since it guaranteed a spot to one team regardless of the team’s record. But the success of the game encouraged organizers to back another game in 1935—the Orange Bowl.
The 1964 edition of the game (played on January 1, 1965) between Texas and Alabama has the distinction of being the first college football game broadcasted during prime time television. No. 5 Texas beat then-No. 1 Alabama, 21-17 in an upset win.
For many years, the game did not have an official conference tie-in; just a loose affiliation with the Big Eight. Starting in 1998, it became part of the Bowl Coalition making it part of the rotation of bowls that would host the BCS title game (which it did in 2001 and 2005). Since 2007, if the ACC conference champion wasn’t playing in the championship game, it played in the Orange Bowl (or the runner-up would).
Over the years, the game has been sponsored by FedEx (1989-2010) and Discover (2011-2014). It is currently being sponsored by Capital One (since December 2014).
When and where is the 2018 Orange Bowl game?
The 2018 Orange Bowl is set to take place on December 29th at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. While this bowl game typically involves the ACC Champion, it is still highly anticipated for fans across the country with deep roots elsewhere.
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The Hottest Orange Bowl Ticket in History
The 2018 Orange Bowl is currently on pace to be the hottest Orange Bowl ticket we have tracked on SeatGeek over the past five seasons -- even beating out last season when the hometown Miami Hurricanes played in the game.
See below for a list of Orange Bowl ticket prices by year:
- 12/29/18 Alabama vs. Oklahoma: $358 avg. resale price
- 12/30/17 Miami vs. Wisconsin: $175
- 12/30/16 Michigan vs. Florida State: $233
- 12/31/15 Clemson vs. Oklahoma: $231
- 12/31/14 Georgia Tech vs. Mississippi: $55
- 1/3/14 Ohio State vs. Georgia: $135
How the Orange Bowl Compares to Other 2018-19 Bowls
Only the Cotton Bowl (the other CFP semifinal game) is currently outpacing the Orange Bowl in terms of ticket demand.
Below are the top five most in-demand bowl games, ranked by average ticket price, this bowl season:
- Cotton Bowl (Notre Dame vs. Clemson): $452 avg. resale price
- Orange Bowl (Alabama vs. Oklahoma): $358
- Rose Bowl (Ohio State vs. Washington): $337
- Sugar Bowl (Georgia vs. Texas): $228
- Peach Bowl (Florida vs. Michigan): $188