Outback Bowl Continues to Produce for the Tampa Bay Area

Tampa, FL – Outback Bowl sponsors and corporate members joined bowl staff and board members last weekend to celebrate another year of success during the annual Pilot Bank Summer Splash Outing at Saddlebrook Resort. The outing also featured numerous current and former college and NFL coaches and players including Jon Gruden, Steve Spurrier, Washington Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden, Wayne Fontes, Jimmie Giles, Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason, Bengals Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther and others.

Among the accomplishments highlighted for the Outback Bowl was how the game has contributed more than $136 million to universities over its history along with generating tens-of-millions of dollars in exposure for the region each year. This past year saw more than thirty-three thousand out of market visitors from forty-eight states who joined local fans in generating an economic impact on the Tampa Bay area estimated at more than $30 million for a combined total of more than $1 billion over the bowls history.

This past year’s game, featuring the Florida Gators and Iowa Hawkeyes, paid $6.4 million to institutions in the Big Ten and Southeastern Conferences. The Outback Bowl also contributed $200,000 this year to a combined 35 charitable organizations in the Tampa Bay community through its Charitable Giving Initiative.

“Everyone associated with the Outback Bowl organization is very proud of the many millions of dollars paid to NCAA member institutions, the huge economic impact the game creates annually in the Tampa Bay area and our Charitable Giving Initiative that this year donated $200,000 to local needy charitable organizations,” notes Outback Bowl President/CEO Jim McVay. “We are proud and honored to be recognized by area business and community leaders as a “Tampa Bay Treasure.”

The 2018 Outback Bowl, in its 32nd year, will kick-off at 12:00 noon on January 1st, its 30th consecutive year in the New Year’s Day lineup of bowl games.

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.