The Outback Bowl is a college football bowl game played each year at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Known originally as the Hall of Fame Bowl, the Outback Bowl has been played annually since 1986. From 1986 to 1998, the game was played at Tampa Stadium, and from 1999 to present the game has been played at Raymond James Stadium. Since 1996, the bowl has contracts with both the SEC and the Big Ten Conference. The minimum payout for a participating team is $3.1 million.
The Outback Bowl is played on New Year's Day, making it one of the New Year's Day college bowl games. Outback Steakhouse became the sole sponsor in April 1995.
The Hall of Fame Bowl was initially held at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama from 1977-1985. In the spring of 1986, the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame relocated the game to Tampa, thus christening the new Hall of Fame Bowl (and subsequently, the Outback Bowl). The game is the first bowl in Tampa since the Cigar Bowl from 1947 – 1954. The bowl is organized by the Tampa Sports Authority.