In one of the Outback Bowl’s signature traditions, bowl officials extended a special welcome to the Michigan Wolverines and the South Carolina Gamecocks tonight during the first official bowl event of the week at the Outback Steakhouse Team Welcome Dinner. Teams were treated to a feast from Outback Steakhouse while bowl representatives welcomed the players and presented gifts to the Head Coaches, Athletic Directors and their wives.
And a feast it was as the teams devoured more than 4,700 lbs of food including: 750 lbs of sirloin steak, 750 lbs of chicken, and 900 lbs of ribs, all cooked over a wood fire grill. Also 700 lbs of house salad, 400 lbs of bacon topped lobster mac & cheese, 1,600 coconut shrimp, 160 bloomin’ onions, 1,200 lbs of cheese cake, 80 gallons of barbecue sauce and 90 cases of soda and water.
Outback Steakhouse is the longest title sponsor of any college bowl game celebrating its 18th year in that role.
The Outback Bowl will kick-off at 1:00 PM on New Year’s Day in Raymond James Stadium. Tickets to the bowl are available at Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com
The Outback Bowl will once again highlight the Tampa Bay area to an international television audience on New Year’s Day as the Michigan Wolverines meet the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Bowl will be telecast on ESPN and seen by an international audience. Last year’s game was aired in 144 countries. However, the Tampa Bay area will also be highlighted numerous times in the coming week as the half-hour Outback Bowl Preview Special will be televised at least four times throughout the nation on multiple ESPN TV networks.
The first national airing will be on Christmas day, Tuesday, December 25th at 3:00 P.M. (ET) on ESPN2. The half-hour show is produced by the bowl and looks at the Michigan and South Carolina match up while spending much of the show highlighting numerous amenities of the Tampa, St Pete and Clearwater area.
Amenities highlighted in this year’s show will include Clearwater Beach, Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Tampa’s annual Gasparilla celebration. Former WTSP TV sports reporter Travis Bell acts as host for the show.
The current schedule for the special includes airings:
December 25 3:00PM ET – ESPN2
December 27 6:30 PM ET – ESPNU
December 28 4:00 PM ET - ESPNU
December 30 3:00 AM ET – ESPNU
The Outback Bowl celebrates its 27th game this year and will be played on January 1st at 1:00 PM in Raymond James Stadium. Tickets to the game are available through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.Ticketmaster.com. For more information on bowl events and area hotels and attractions go to the Outback Bowl web site at http://www.outbackbowl.com.
Outback Bowl officials announced today that national recording artist Darius Rucker will sing the national anthem at this year’s game when the No. 18 Michigan Wolverines square-off against the No. 10 South Carolina Gamecocks on New Year’s Day in Tampa. Rucker is preparing to release his third country album in January. He became famous as the lead singer for “Hootie & the Blowfish.”
The Outback Bowl will be played on January 1st at 1:00 PM at Raymond James Stadium. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or 1-800-745-3000 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet in the state of Florida.