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The Outback Bowl will begin accepting requests November 15, 2016 for working media credentials for the January 2, 2017 game in Tampa, FL. 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 19, 2016.
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 3:00-5:30 p.m.; Dec. 27- Jan. 1st 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 your 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. All freelance personnel requests for credentials must come from the agency hiring that individual. Having been credentialed for other bowl games does not automatically qualify an agency or individual for credentials.
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:
An online service that is recognized as an outlet intended primarily for the purpose of delivering news related to the recruitment of student-athletes DOES NOT qualify for credentials.
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 are left in the game.
Ordering Telephone Lines
To order phone lines in the press box, photo room or post-game interview room contact Heather Barrett or Melissa Owens of Century Link at (800) 989-9974 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 an 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. & 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 Jan. 1) in the Outback Bowl Media Center room of the Holiday Inn Westshore Hotel. The shuttle will drop off and pick up outside gate D.
Media App & Text Alerts
A special Outback Bowl Media App will be available to all approved media. This free app will provide key information to media covering the bowl game and surrounding events including media hotel information, updated media itinerary, area maps, and game day information. You will receive an email with more information on how to access the app once you are approved for credentials.
You also are encouraged to provide your cell phone number when registering so that you can receive text alerts during bowl week. These will be reminders of key events and/or information along with updates about schedule changes during the week.