About the Bowl

The Outback Bowl is a college football game that is typically played on New Year's Day featuring teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference. The game is a culmination of a week-long schedule of events throughout the Tampa Bay.

Outback Bowl Facts


January 1, 2019


Raymond James Stadium - Tampa, FL


12:00 PM ET kickoff

Stadium Capacity:


Title Sponsor:

Outback Steakhouse



Big Ten vs SEC




$80 each - prior to August 29th available at Outback Bowl office only. Beginning August 29, available at Ticketmaster outlets throughout Florida and by phone at (813) 287-8844. For additional information or special ticket packages call the Outback Bowl office at (813) 874-2695.

President / CEO:

Jim McVay

Director of Communications & Sponsorships:

Mike Schulze

Director of Sales:

Jerry Kulig

Ticket Manager:

Linda Karpovich

Coordinator of Events:

Becky Weightman

Media/Sponsor Contact:

Mike Schulze

Media Note:

The Outback Bowl was formerly named the Hall of Fame Bowl from Dec. 1986 - Jan. 1995. Outback Steakhouse became the title/name sponsor in April 1995.

The Outback Bowl
4211 W. Boy Scout Blvd.
Suite 560
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 874-2695
Fax: (813) 873-1959
Email: info@outbackbowl.com

Outback Bowl History

On April 16, 1986 the NCAA awarded a college bowl game to Tampa Bay. On December 23rd of that year the first Hall of Fame Bowl was played in Tampa Stadium between Georgia and Boston College.

On April 12, 1995 the bowl signed Outback Steakhouse as its title sponsor and changed the name to the Outback Bowl. Twenty-two years later Outback is still the title sponsor, the longest title sponsorship of any current college bowl game.

Today, the game has reached amazing heights. The bowl has been a part of the prestigious New Year's Day bowl lineup now for the past twenty-eight years. It features teams from the two most successful and popular conferences in college football - the SEC and Big Ten.

The bowl is now one of the most popular and success bowl games in the country contributing more than $136 million combined to universities and generating an estimated $1 billion in economic impact for the Tampa Bay region over its history.

The Outback Bowl has also played host to some great match-ups over the years, and therefore has hosted some of the sport's best players and coaches. Over its history life-long memories have been provided to more than 6,200 players, 93,000 halftime show performers and more than 1.7 million college football fans.

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Outback Bowl Mission Statement

The mission of the Outback Bowl is to create an economic impact in the Tampa Bay area, positively showcase the community nationally and internationally and manage an event that adds to the quality of life in our area while making a significant financial contribution to NCAA member institutions while providing a safe, educational and unique experience for the student athletes participating in the game.


The Outback Bowl Organization is comprised of a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation: The Tampa Bay Bowl Association dba The Outback Bowl. The organization annually manages and operates the Outback Bowl game and numerous affiliated events throughout the Tampa Bay communities. It is governed by an approximately forty-member volunteer Board of Directors. The board oversees a full-time staff of five employees, including the President/CEO of the bowl.

The Board of Directors has established and maintains governance rules to help ensure that the organization achieves, and continues to sustain, the very highest level of public trust. The organization is devoted to doing the right thing in the right way to reinforce our commitment to the highest ethical and legal standards. The board has numerous policies in place such as: Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics, Conflict of Interest, Political Activity and Whistleblower Protection.


As a 501(c)(3) corporation the Tampa Bay Bowl Association adheres to all IRS regulations pertaining to such a designation. This includes filing annual IRS 990 reports and conducting annual audits by an independent recognized auditor.

To request a copy of the most recent Outback Bowl IRS 990 forms please contact the bowl office at 813-874-2695 during normal business hours.