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About the BowlThe 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 (3rd pick from each). The game is a culmination of a week-long schedule of events throughout the Tampa Bay.
Outback Bowl Facts
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. Eighteen 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 five 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 $100 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 5,200 players, 73,000 halftime show performers and more than 1.6 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.