2016-17 Outback Bowl Schedule of Events

June 4th
C1 BANK SUMMER SPLASH

A special weekend for Outback Bowl sponsors and club members at Saddlebrook Resort. The outing includes a tennis tournament, golf tournament, banquet and plenty of time by the pool. To find out how you can qualify for an invitation to this year's event, contact the bowl at (813) 874-2695 or by email at info@outbackbowl.com.

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October 6th
OUTBACK BOWL HUDDLE AT SPLITSVILLE PRESENTED BY STAFFEX

College football is in full swing as the Outback Bowl kicks off its fall event calendar with a festive evening presented by StaffEx for more than 700 supporters at Splitsville located at the Channelside entertainment complex.

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December 8th
DEBARTOLO CONTRACT SIGNING PARTY

More than 800 Outback Bowl supporters welcome the Head Coaches to the Tampa Bay area a few days after the team announcement. The party is held in the Club Lounge of Raymond James Stadium.

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December 26th
TEAM ARRIVALS

Bowl staff, city officials, and media greet the participating teams as they arrive at their team hotels.

December 27th
LADIES LUNCHEON

Ladies from both team coaching staffs and administrators enjoy a special luncheon hosted by Bonefish Grill.

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December 27th
PLAYERS NIGHT AT SPLITSVILLE

Join the teams as they enjoy an evening of fun and games at Splitsville at Channelside. Watch the teams compete off the field in bowling. Teams only from 6:00 - 7:15; Doors open to the public at 7:15 P.M.

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December 28th
BUSCH GARDENS TEAM OUTING

Both teams and their fans enjoy the attractions and festivities at the world-famous Busch Gardens theme park during bowl week. Admission tickets for the general public are available at the gate.

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December 29th
PLAYERS HOSPITAL VISIT

Players and coaches from both teams bring some cheer to children at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa.

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December 29th
TEAM NIGHT AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Both teams are hosted by the Tampa Bay Lightning for an NHL game at Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa. For additional information or to order your tickets, please call 813.301.6600 or go to www.ticketmaster.com.

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December 30th
CLEARWATER BEACH DAY

Join the teams, their marching bands and cheerleaders as they enjoy the sun and beaches at the Hilton Clearwater Beach next to Pier 60. This fun day includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, City of Clearwater, the Hilton Clearwater Beach, Visit St Pete-Clearwater, Clearwater Gas System, Allegiant, St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, 95.7 the Beat and 93.3FLZ Radio.

After Beach Day stick around for Sunsets at Pier 60 featuring artisans, music and more while you watch the sunset on the Gulf of Mexico.

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December 30th
METLIFE / MERCEDES-BENZ GRIDIRON GALA

MetLife and Mercedes-Benz host this prestigious evening for bowl and school VIPs at the Marriott Waterside in downtown Tampa. The event features food stations, dessert room and even a cigar bar. See below for photos from last year's event.

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December TBA
BATTLE OF THE BANDS AT BUSCH GARDENS

Join the two college Marching Bands at Busch Gardens as they square-off for a special "Battle of the Bands" performance. Admission to park required. Date is tentative. Time TBD.

December 31st
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARADE

Eclectic Ybor City is the site of this festive celebration featuring the Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade and a pep rally. The parade will feature floats and about twenty marching bands including the two college bands! The Pep Rally features a battle of the bands and cheerleaders from both universities. This free family event is sponsored by our friends at Bud Light, 970 WFLA, 93.3FLZ Radio, 620 WDAE and the City of Tampa. Be there early. The Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs along 7th Avenue.

Please note: no coolers, glass containers or open alcohol allowed on streets.

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December 31st
AQUA EVE

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a splash at The Florida Aquarium's Aqua-Eve! Enjoy fantastic live music, complementary food, beer and wine along with a champagne toast and the best view in town for an amazing fireworks display at midnight. All Aquarium exhibits will be open. The Florida Aquarium's Aqua-Eve party is the premiere New Year's Eve party in Tampa to ring in 2014! Must be 21+.

Dinner and dessert will be served buffet style. Beer and wine included in event admission. Cash bar will be available.

For additional information and to purchase tickets call 813-273-4000 or go to www.flaquarium.org.

December 31st
Light Up Tampa Bay at Channelside

Channelside will "Light Up Tampa Bay" on New Year's Eve with live entertainment and a midnight Fireworks Show and Ball Drop along the downtown Tampa waterfront. Enjoy the numerous restaurants and night spots at Channelside Bay Plaza. For more information call Channelside at (813) 223-4250.

January 1st
Outback Bowl Field Show Festival Presented by Brightspark

Cheer on your favorite high school marching bands as they compete in Brightspark Travel's Outback Bowl Field Show Festival. The most elite high school marching bands from around the country come together to showcase their skills during the Festival. Plus, the winning band will earn the honor of performing in the Outback Bowl pregame show. This free event takes place at 6:00 pm on the football field at Jefferson High School (4401 W Cypress St., Tampa). For more information on Brightspark Travel's Outback Bowl event, click here.


January 2nd
PREGAME BOWL BASH

Bowl fans can warm-up for the big game outside the stadium starting at 9:00 AM with live music and a pep rally, sponsored by Bright House Network, Coca-Cola Zero, The Tampa Tribune, 970 WFLA and 620 WDAE Radio. Features various displays from Busch Gardens, Florida Blue, the U.S. Air Force , Outback Steakhouse and more. Food & refreshments will be available for purchase. On the south plaza between gates C & D.

January 2nd
TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL PREGAME SHOW

Enjoy a colorful pregame show presented by Tampa General Hospital featuring the pageantry of high school and college bands along with numerous special activities including a flyover, skydivers delivering the game ball and coin toss by a special guest celebrity. A popular Outback Bowl tradition you won't want to miss. Show time begins at 12:20 PM ET.

January 2nd
OUTBACK BOWL 2017

The Outback Bowl matches two of college football's best teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference. Kickoff is time is 1:00 PM ET.

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January 2nd
COCA-COLA ZERO HALFTIME SHOW

Wait until you see this colorful show featuring more than 3,500 performers! The two college bands will perform followed by a massed band performance by high school bands from around the country along with an all-star dance group.

Note - All events, dates and times are subject to change.