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2020 Outback Bowl To Kickoff At 1:00 PM On New Year's Day

May 23, 2019

Tampa, FL - Outback Bowl officials confirmed today that their 2020 game, which hosts teams from the Big Ten Conference and Southeastern Conference, will be played on Wednesday, January 1st at Raymond James Stadium. The game will kick off at 1:00 PM ET on ESPN. It will continue its New Year's Day lineup tradition for the 32nd consecutive year. Only the Rose Bowl has a longer New Year's Day tradition.

"We are pleased to once again be the first game to kick off the most tradition-rich day of college football - New Year's Day," notes Outback Bowl President/CEO Jim McVay. "The eyes of the college football world will be on the Outback Bowl and our wonderful Tampa Bay community."

Priority membership seats are currently available through the Outback Bowl office at (813) 874-BOWL with details on the bowl web site at All other general tickets will go on sale to the public in late August through Ticketmaster.

The Outback Bowl attracts tens-of-thousands of out-of-market visitors each year from more than forty states who join local fans in generating an economic impact estimated at $1 billion on the Tampa Bay area over its history. The game also generates tens-of-millions of dollars in exposure for the region each year and has contributed $149 million to universities over its history along with more than $1 million for charities since 2016 through its Charitable Giving Initiative.

The news comes a day following the announcement that title sponsor Outback Steakhouse has signed a six year extension to sponsor the bowl game through the 2026 game. Outback is already the longest title sponsor in college bowl game history celebrating its 25th year with the upcoming game.

About the Outback Bowl:

The Outback Bowl, featuring teams from the Big Ten Conference and Southeastern Conference, is played in Raymond James Stadium and will celebrate its 34th game on January 1, 2020. Over its history it has brought more than a million out of market visitors to the region while creating an estimated $1 billion in economic impact and distributing $149 million to universities. It has also contributed more than $1 million to charities since 2016. For information on the bowl go to or call 813-874-BOWL.