Teams Devour More Than 5,000 lbs of Food at Outback Welcome Dinner

December 26, 2013

In one of the Outback Bowl'ssignature traditions, bowl officials extended a special welcome to the IowaHawkeyes and the LSU Tigers tonight during the first official bowl event of theweek at the Outback Steakhouse Team Welcome Dinner. Teams were treated to a feast from OutbackSteakhouse while bowl representatives welcomed the players and presented giftsto the head coaches, athletic directors and their wives.

And afeast it was as the teams devoured more than 5,000 lbs of food including: 750lbs of sirloin steak topped with 40 gallons of Diablo Sauce, 750 lbs ofchicken, and 900 lbs of ribs, all cooked over a wood fire grill. Also 700 lbsof house salad, 400 lbs of baked potatoes topped with butter and sour cream,1,600 coconut shrimp, 160 bloomin' onions, 1,600 honey wheat dinner rolls, 1,200lbs of cheese cake, 80 gallons of barbecue sauce and dozens of cases of sodaand water.

Tomorrow the teams will visit BuschGardens Tampa Bay for a fun day of coasters and animal encounters.

The Outback Bowl will kick-off at 1:00PM on New Year's Day in Raymond James Stadium. Tickets to the bowl are available at Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000or online at .