2020-21 Outback Bowl Schedule of Events
October TBA - HAPPY HOUR HUDDLE
College football is back as the Outback Bowl kicks off its fall event calendar with a festive evening for more than 700 supporters at Splitsville located at the Sparkman Wharf complex. This event is for VIP Club Members and Sponsors by invitation only.
December 10th - 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.
December 26th - TEAM ARRIVALS
Bowl staff, city officials, and media greet the participating teams as they arrive at their team hotels.
December 27th - OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE SPOUSES LUNCHEON
Spouses from both team coaching staffs and administrators enjoy a special luncheon hosted by Outback Steakhouse
December 27th - TEAM HOSPITAL VISIT
(Tentative Date) Players and coaches from both teams bring some cheer to children at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa.
December 27th - PLAYERS NIGHT AT SPLITSVILLE
Join the teams as they enjoy an evening of fun and games at Splitsville at Sparkman Wharf (formerly Channelside) along the downtown Tampa waterfront. Teams only from 6:00 - 7:00; Doors open to the public at 7:00 P.M.
December 28th - BUSCH GARDENS TEAM OUTING
(Tentative Date) 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.
December TBA - 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. Watch as selected players from each team have a friendly competition between periods. Date TBD. For additional information or to order your tickets, please call 813.301.6600 or go to www.ticketmaster.com.
December 30th - CLEARWATER BEACH DAY Presented by Visit St Pete - Clearwater
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 Visit St Pete - Clearwater, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, City of Clearwater, the Hilton Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Gas System, Allegiant, St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, 93.3FLZ, 970WFLA and 620WDAE 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.
December 30th - RxBENEFITS GRIDIRON GALA
This prestigious evening is the holiday event of the year for bowl and school VIPs at the Marriott Water Street Hotel in downtown Tampa. The event is sponsored by RxBenefits and features food stations, dessert room and even a cigar bar. See our gallery for photos from last year's event. (invitation only)
December 31st - BATTLE OF THE BANDS AT BUSCH GARDENS
(Tentative Date) Join the college marching bands at Busch Gardens as they square-off for a special "Battle of the Bands" performance. Admission to park required. Performance at Gwazi Park.
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 fifteen 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, Mix 100.7 FM, US103.5 FM, 98Rock, 620WDAE Radio, Ybor City 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.
January 1st - PREGAME BOWL BASH
Bowl fans can warm-up for the big game outside the stadium starting at 9:00 AM with live music on stage, entertainers, interactive games and appearances by the college bands & cheerleaders, sponsored by Coca-Cola, 93.3FLZ, 970 WFLA and 95.3 WDAE Radio. Features various displays from Busch Gardens, MOSI, the U.S. Air Force , Visit St Pete - Clearwater and more. Food & refreshments will be available for purchase. On the south plaza between gates C & D and on Tampa Bay Blvd..
January 1st - 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 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 1st - OUTBACK BOWL 2021
The Outback Bowl matching two of college football's best teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference. Kickoff is time TBD.
January 1st - 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.