The Outback Bowl is played each January at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. Since 1986 the Outback Bowl has treated millions of fans to some of the most exciting bowl games in college football. The game matches up one of the top teams from the Big Ten Conference with a peer from the SEC. The Outback Bowl is sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, and was previously named the Hall of Fame Bowl. For more information on the Outback Bowl check out our Outback Bowl History page and Outback Bowl Champions page. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Outback Bowl tickets.
2017 Outback Bowl Preview
The 2016 Outback Bowl will feature one of the game’s best matchups in years when the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Tennessee Volunteers on January 1st, 2016. Northwestern were one of the surprise teams of the season, finishing just outside of the Big Ten title game. The Wildcats have been propelled by a fantastic defense, that has allowed only 16 points a game on average. They will take on a talented Volunteers offense that averages close to 200 yards a game on both the ground and through the air. Tennessee has been playing their best football down the stretch, and should come into the 2016 Outback Bowl with as much confidence as they have had all season. Look for a low scoring, but heated battle between the Wildcats and Volunteers.
Check out our Outback Bowl Preview History page for previews of previous Outback Bowl games.
Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium Address: 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, Florida, 33607
The Outback Bowl is played at Raymond James Stadium, the current home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and USF Bulls. The stadium has also hosted the ACC Championship and the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer.
These are field level sections that put you right in front of the action. 135-136 are at the 50-yard line on the away team’s sideline, while 110-111 are at the 50 on the home team sideline. The sections are alphanumerically numbered and start with A – Z, then go up from AA to CC. Sections 145 to 151 are in the end zone and are directly in front of Raymond James Stadium’s famous pirate ship.
This is the club level of the stadium, outside of the corner sections that are normal seating. Sections 208 to 213 and 233 to 238 are club seating and provide access to lounges and bars not available to other fans. The same alphanumeric rows apply here.
This is the upper level of the stadium and provide the most cost-efficient way to see the Outback Bowl. Sections 335-336 and 310-311 are at the 50-yard line if you still want to be front and center.
Outback Bowl Event Guide
What are the best attractions to see when in Tampa Bay when in town for the Outback Bowl?
Check out if the Tampa Bay Lightning are in town, as they play in the Tampa Bay Times Forum only five miles from Raymond James Stadium. The Tampa Bay History Center is a good place for any history buff, while you can take the kids to Big Cat Rescue to check out the Lions, Leopards and Tigers. Take a look at our Outback Bowl Event Guide for more information.
Where are the best places to eat in Tampa Bay when in town for the Outback Bowl?
Bern’s Steak House is known nation-wide for its steaks and wine selection if you’re looking for a nice night out. Datz’s is also a good choice if you’d like a sandwich and a beer or glass of wine in a relaxing atmosphere.
What are the best games in Outback Bowl history?
In 2002, we saw one of the best comebacks that never was, when Ohio State came so close to pushing South Carolina to overtime after being down by 21 points in the fourth quarter. They tied it up 28-28, but an interception gave the Gamecocks an easy field goal to win it as time expired. The 2012 game went to triple overtime, where Michigan State was finally able to put away Georgia by blocking a field goal in the final period. Check out our Famous Outback Bowl Games page for more great games.
Who are the most famous players to play in the Outback Bowl?
Some notable MVPs in Outback Bowl history are Dallas Baker, David Pollack, Fred Russell, Brandon Boykin and NFL MVP Drew Brees. With the game including two of the best teams from the SEC and Big Ten, you’re sure to see the NFL’s next crop of top players showcased every year in Tampa.