About the Outback Bowl
Outback Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The bowl was first called the Hall of Fame Bowl from 1986 to 1994. The name "Outback" comes from the game's title sponsor, Outback Steakhouse.
The Bowl is organized by the Tampa Sports Authority and has contracts with the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten. The minimum payout for a participating school is $2.75 million.
Raymond James Stadium is a stadium for American football and soccer located in Tampa, Florida. It is home to the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as the University of South Florida football team, and was formerly home to the MLS's Tampa Bay Mutiny. The stadium seats just over 65,000, and it is expandable for special events. The stadium also hosts the annual Outback Bowl on New Year's Day. Super Bowl XXXV was held there on January 28, 2001 between the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants. It will host Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.
Raymond James Stadium was built primarily to replace the aging Hoolihan's Stadium, formerly located adjacent to the property. Originally referred to as Tampa Community Stadium, the naming rights were bought for $32.5 million USD for a thirteen-year deal by St. Petersburg-based Raymond James.