ESPN and Tampa Bay Bowl Association officials today announced the Tampa Bay Bowl Game is scheduled to be played on Monday, January 2nd, 2023, at Raymond James Stadium. The game will kick off at 12:00 PM ET and telecast nationally on ESPN2 TV. The Bowl will match teams from the SEC vs either the Big Ten or ACC. It continues its tradition of playing in January for the 36th consecutive year.
Tickets to the bowl will go on sale to the public in the fall through Ticketmaster with details to come.
The Bowl typically attracts tens-of-thousands of out-of-market visitors each year from more than forty states who join local fans in generating an economic impact estimated at more than $1.1 billion on the Tampa Bay area over its history. The game also generates tens-of-millions of dollars in exposure for the region each year and has contributed $164 million to universities over its history, along with more than $3 million for charities since 2016 through its Charitable Giving Initiative, including $500,000 to area charities in 2022.
More on Raymond James Stadium:
Raymond James Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Tampa, Florida that opened in 1998 and is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL) and the University of South Florida (USF) Bulls college football program. The seating capacity for most sporting events is 65,618, though it can be expanded to about 75,000 for special events with the addition of temporary seating. Raymond James Stadium was built at public expense as a replacement for Tampa Stadium and is known for the replica pirate ship located behind the seating area in the north end zone. Raymond James Financial, a financial service firm headquartered in the Tampa Bay area, has held the naming rights for the stadium for the stadium’s entire existence.
Besides serving as the home field for the Buccaneers and the Bulls, the facility has been the site of three Super Bowls: XXXV in 2001, XLIII in 2009, and LV in 2021, the latter in which the Buccaneers became the first team in NFL history both to play and to win a Super Bowl on their home field. In college football, Raymond James Stadium is the home of the annual Tampa Bay Bowl (since 1999) and Gasparilla Bowl (since 2018), hosted the ACC Championship Game in 2008 and 2009, and was the site of the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2017. Additionally, the stadium has hosted a wide variety of non-football events, including soccer matches, equestrian sports competitions, monster truck shows, and large concerts. It was also the site of WrestleMania 37 in April 2021.
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