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The Outback Bowl will begin accepting requests for working media credentials for the January 1, 2014 game in Tampa, FL on November 15th through its online system. Requests should be made by your sports editor/director. Be advised that submitting a request does not necessarily guarantee approval. The Outback Bowl reserves the right to revoke any credential and it must be surrendered upon request.
Requests must be received by our office no later than Monday, December 16, 2013.
No credentials will be mailed. All credentials must be picked up in person at the Media Hotel Press Room during Bowl Week (December 26 from 2:00-5:30 p.m.; Dec. 27-31st from 8:30a.m.-5:30p.m.) or at the stadium press gate "will call desk" beginning at 9:00 a.m. on game day. Individuals may claim all passes issued to his/her media organization prior to game day, but must show photo I.D. and be responsible for proper distribution. Note that credentials will have the users name printed on them and are non-transferable. Credentials will not be replaced if lost or misplaced.
Your request will be confirmed via email once approved or denied. If you do not receive confirmation within 72 hours of request or by December 19 contact the bowl office.
All media must present photo I.D. (Drivers license, passport or other government issued photo I.D.) AND must be on the press gate security list to gain access to the stadium. All bags will be searched and tagged.
Credential requests will be considered only for authorized full-time, salaried representatives. Parking passes are limited and will be prioritized based on need and priority at the discretion of the bowl.
Credential Priority Policy
Subject to limitations of space, Media credentials will be issued in accordance with the following priority guidelines:
Special Note on Photography/Television Requests
Sports Editors / Directors should request all photography/TV credentials for their agency. Most photo agencies will be limited to two (2) credentials unless a special need is shown. AP and agencies from the bowl market are limited to four (4) photo passes each. Top priority for photography credentials will be given to agencies requiring immediate news coverage. Photographers must remain behind the broken yellow restraining line from the playing field when shooting. Anyone wearing a photo credential and not shooting the game and possessing proper photography equipment will be required to surrender their credential.
"TV Camera" and "Photo" credentials allow photographers access to the sideline and high photo positions. High Photo Positions are located on select club level platforms and the upper deck of the stadium and are designated by signage there. TV reporters/talent will be issued "Press Box" credentials only. Only cameramen, photographers and grips/photo messengers will have sideline access until four minutes left in the game.
Ordering Telephone Lines
To order phone lines in the press box, photo room or post-game interview room contact Sandra Jones at (407) 464-2767 or (800) 989-9974. The bowl will coordinate with CenturyLink to make sure your line(s) and phone unit is located at your assigned seat or booth. There will be numerous general-use courtesy phones available in the Press Box and a fax & email service for sending final statistics. High speed internet access is available in the press box and photo rooms, but all users MUST have proper and updated security software on their computers. Reporters should also be able to file from the media hotel.
All wireless communications devices (other than normal cell phones) need to be cleared IN ADVANCE OF GAME DAY through our frequency coordinator. NO EXCEPTIONS! Contact Ralph Beaver at 813-282-8612 or Outbackbowl@mediaalert.com.
Media Parking & Shuttle
A limited number of media parking passes are available and will be prioritized by your game-day needs. Shuttle busses from the Media Hotel will be provided departing at 9 A.M., 10 A.M. and 11 A.M. on game day to the stadium. Return shuttles to the media Hotel will begin 30 min. following the game and run continuously as demand is needed. Media needing to use the shuttle to the stadium must sign-up in advance (no later than noon on Dec. 31) in the Outback Bowl Media Center room of the Wyndham Hotel. The shuttle will drop off and pick up outside gate D.
Outback Bowl Media App & Text Alerts
Media covering the Outback Bowl are strongly encouraged to download the Outback Bowl Media App. This application will be a good resource for working media to access updated information on the bowl regarding the stadium, calendar of events, media itinerary and bowl history. You will receive an email about a week prior to the game with instructions on how to download the app.
You also are encouraged to provide your cell phone number so that you can receive text alerts during bowl week. These will be reminders of key events and/or information along with updates about last minute schedule changes during the week. If you did not provide a cell number during registration please email it to us at Mike@outbackbowl.com and we will add it to the system.