The Outback Bowl will begin accepting requests for working media credentials for the January 2, 2021 game in Tampa, FL on December 8th. 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 Sunday, December 27, 2020.
Sports editors/directors and/or photography editors need only complete ONE APPLICATION PER MEDIA AGENCY. They can request working media credentials for all members of their agency in a single application. When submitting the application, the sports editor/director and/or photography editor should list him/herself as the "contact" and register media members assigned to cover the 2021 Outback Bowl as "attendees." If requiring credentials for him/herself, the "contact" will need to be added as an "attendee" as well. Please note that you must click on the "finish" button on the final page to complete your request.
No credentials will be mailed. All credentials must be picked up in person at the Media Hotel Press Room on December 31 or January 1 from 9:00a.m.-7:00p.m., or at the stadium south plaza Ticket Window 22 beginning at 8:30 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. A working email address and cell phone number are required for all credentialed media.
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 29, contact the bowl office.
All credential holders must complete an online health screening form on day of game prior to arriving at the stadium and must show results for entry. A link to this form will be emailed to each credential holder. They also 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.
FACE COVERINGS will be MANDATORY for all credential holders throughout the stadium.
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
NOTE: Due to health and safety protocols credentials for media will be very limited in order to maintain proper social distancing in all media areas of the stadium.
Subject to limitations of space, Media credentials will be issued in accordance with the following priority guidelines:
- Institutional photo/video & news.
- National and regional media agencies which are considered legitimate sports reporting agencies or outlets with full-time paid staff members covering sports events. This includes national TV networks and regional cable networks, national daily newspapers and weekly/monthy publications with a circulation of at least 500,000, and national wire services.
- Press agencies from the Tampa Bay region with a minimum daily circulation of 100,000.
- Television stations with a full-time sports director and a daily sports broadcast.
- Publications with a minimum daily circulation of 50,000.
- Official Web Site of the Outback Bowl and the participating team athletic departments, and online services of a national TV or cable network or national publication with a full-time staff (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, etc). No online service will be allowed "real-time" transmission of the bowl game without written permission from the Outback Bowl.
- An online entity not associated with another press agency that covers college football and/or the participating teams on a daily basis with full-time paid staff members (Bleacher Report, Rivals.com, The Athletic, etc.).
- All other media on space-available basis only at the discretion of the Bowl PR director.
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. Top priority for photography credentials will be given to agencies requiring immediate news coverage.
All Photographers will be required to shoot from the first row of the stands and will not have field access.
"Photo/Video" credentials allow photographers access to the designated photo areas in the stands 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 and only if space is available.
Anyone wearing a photo credential and not shooting the game and possessing proper photography equipment will be required to surrender their credential.
Ordering Telephone Lines
To order phone lines in the press box, photo room or post-game interview room contact Jason McCool at Frontier Communications at 813-361-3462 and send an email to [email protected]. This MUST BE DONE AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF GAME DAY! The bowl will coordinate with Frontier 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 email service for sending final statistics. High speed wireless 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 [email protected].
A limited number of media parking spaces are available and will be prioritized by your game-day needs. Note: due to COVID-19 and CDC social distancing rule there will be NO SHUTTLE for media this year. All media must arrange for their own transportation to and from the stadium.
You also must provide your cell phone number when registering so that you can receive text alerts from the bowl. These will be reminders of key information along with updates about schedule changes.