What better way to kick off the New Year than taking in a college football bowl game? How about getting away to sunny Jacksonville, Florida? Do both, with tickets to this year's Gator Bowl! The Gator Bowl takes place right after New Year’s Day at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in beautiful Jacksonville and pits a team from the SEC against a team from the Big Ten. Even before the teams are chosen, tickets to this historic game will go fast, so go ahead and get your Gator Bowl NCAA tickets today!
The Gator Bowl’s long and glorious history stems back to New Year's Day of 1946, when Wake Forest bested South Carolina, 26-14. In 1955, the Gator Bowl became the first collegiate bowl game to be televised coast to coast, and it has been part of America's holiday season ever since. Still, why stay home and watch the Gator Bowl indoors, when you could head for sunny Jacksonville, Florida?
See if you can pick out future NFL players from the rosters. After all, the Gator Bowl was a step in the careers of guys like Dan Marino, Michael Vick, Earl Campbell, Thurman Thomas, Archie Manning, Larry Csonka, and Peyton Manning, to name but a few. Over the decades, some 175 first-team All-Americans have participated.
The Gator Bowl not only provides first-rate athletic competition but also spurs the local economy and raises funds for charity. Its special focus is kids, as can be seen in many of the events surrounding the game. These include a 5K Run in which donors have the option to 'Run For A Child' who is a patient at Wolfson Children's Hospital, the Winn-Dixie Hometown Gator Bowl Parade preceded by a Little Red Wagon Pull and a kid-friendly tailgate party. Local businesses make tickets to the game available to youth organizations, local children participate in a pre-game dance show, and kids take over the field right after the game for rounds of flag football.
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (formerly Alltel Stadium) is the home base for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. Opened in 1995, on the site of the old Gator Bowl, the facility was upgraded to the tune of $47 million to host Super Bowl XXXIX in February 2005. Outside escalators to whisk fans into the 82,000 seat arena are just one example of the facility's unique luxuries. The Jacksonville Municipal Stadium also provides neutral ground for a fearsome football rivalry dating back to 1915, diplomatically referred to as the Georgia-Florida game one year and the Florida-Georgia game the next.
If you love football or just great fun in the sun, get your tickets now to start the New Year off right at the Gator Bowl.