The Russell Athletic Bowl is played each December at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Since 1990, the Russell Athletic 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 Atlantic Coast Conference with a peer from the American Athletic Conference. The Russell Athletic Bowl is sponsored by Russell Athletic, and has been sponsored in the past by Blockbuster, Carquest, MicronPC, Mazda and Champs Sports. For more information check out our Russell Athletic Bowl History page and Russell Bowl Champions page. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Russell Athletic Bowl tickets.
2016 Russell Athletic Bowl Preview
Two of the nation’s top offenses will battle in the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl, as the Baylor Bear take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Baylor Bears have a devastating offensive attack that averages more than 300 yards a game in both rushing and passing. Bears wide receiver Corey Coleman man be the best wideout in the country, and will be putting his draft prospects on display in Orlando. Baylor’s running back Shock Linewood has already eclipsed 1,300 yards on the season, and will try and hit the elusive 1,500 rushing yards mark against what has been a solid, but not great North Carolina Defense. The Tar Heels also rely on their offense, with running back Elijah Hood standing as one of the best backs in the ACC. North Carolina finished one half away from an ACC title, and will be looking for something to prove at the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl. With neither team featuring an elite defense to match their unparalleled offense, there is a distinct possibility that North Carolina and Baylor will eclipse 800 yards of combined offense at the 2015 Russell Athletic bowl.
Check out our Russell Athletic Bowl Preview History page for previews of previous Russell Athletic Bowl games.
Russell Athletic Bowl at the Citrus Bowl Address: 1610 W Church St, Orlando, Florida, 32805
The Citrus Bowl has hosted the Capital One Bowl since 1947, and also hosts the Russell Athletic Bowl. Other tenants have included the UCF Knights, Wrestlemania and the 1994 World Cup. The Citrus Bowl was previously named the Tangerine Bowl as well as few Orlando-themed names in its long history.
Sections 105 to 113 and Sections 127 to 135 are along the sidelines and provide a field-level view of the Capital One Bowl. Sections are alphanumerically numbered from A to Z, then AA, BB, CC, ect.. Sections 131 and 109 are at the 50-yard line.
Known as the Mezzanine, this is the 2nd level of seating and the sections are only separated from the first level by a walkway. The rows go from A to LL, except for a few sections that start at Row D.
This is the Upper Level of the stadium and is the most cost-efficient way to get into the stadium. Sections 331 and 309 are at midfield, and all sections start with row A and can go as high as row LL.
Russell Athletic Bowl Event Guide
What are the best attractions to see when in Orlando for the Russell Athletic Bowl?
Of course, Walt Disney World is in Orlando, but if you want to stay away from the park there’s plenty of other things to do in the city. Discovery Cove should be #1 if you’re traveling with family, it’s a beautiful place you can snorkel, lay on the beach, meet some dolphins, and much more. Check to see if the Magic have a game at the Amway Center too! For more information on what to do in Orlando during the game check out our Russell Athletic Bowl Event Guide.
Where are the best places to eat in Orlando for the Russell Athletic Bowl?
Texas de Brazil is a Brazilian steakhouse that will never leave you unsatisfied, and Café Tu Tu Tango is a tapas bar that has received rave reviews. Padrino’s Cuban Bistro on Village Park is another sure bet for great Cuban food.
What are the best games in Russell Athletic Bowl history?
The 2011 game, then called the Champ Sports Bowl, included a #25 Florida State team versus Notre Dame. The game was a sell-out, and those in attendance saw Notre Dame take a 14-3 lead into the fourth quarter. E.J. Manuel led two TD drives to give FSU the lead and eventually win the game. Another big comeback was seen in the 2000 edition, when Minnesota took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and then eventually lost to NC State 38-30. Check out our Notable Russell Athletic Bowls page for more great games at the Citrus Bowl.
Who are the most famous players to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl?
A few notable MVPs of the Russell Atheltic Bowl include Philip Rivers (twice), current Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury and Russell Wilson. Rivers’ school, NC State, had played in the game five times, leading all schools.