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Russell Athletic Bowl Tickets

Russell Athletic Bowl Tickets

Russell Athletic Bowl Schedule

The Russell Athletic Bowl Bowl has been a Florida tradition for years, and while it has been held at various locations around Florida it is currently held in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl. It currently has tie ins with the Atlantic Coast Conference and the American Conference. The Russell Athletic Bowl is played each year on New Year's Day and features some of the best teams from two of the best football conferences in the country. It has featured some of the best college football players of all time, many of whom have gone on to long and successful careers in the NFL. It is held at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, a town well known for its love of college football. The Russell Athletic Bowl is traditionally one of the premiere games in the bowl series and any team selected to play in the big affair is always thrilled to be there and looking to put an exclamation point on the end of what has already been a highly successful year. No team ever wants to end the season on a losing note so you can always expect nothing but the best competition at the Russell Athletic Bowl each January. Expect the game this year to be an unforgettable experience, not only because of the two high quality teams involved but also because there will be plenty of celebratory events involved with long running bowl game.

The Teams

While the conferences associated with the Independence Bowl may have changed over the years, one thing has remained constant, the high level of competition. Currently the Russell Athletic Bowl features two of the best teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the American Conference. North Carolina State leads the way with five appearances in the Russell Athletic Bowl and possess a 3-2 record in the event. The University of Miami has the second most appearances with four and a 2 and 2 record. Three teams have played in the Russell Athletic Bowl three times: Florida State, Virginia, and West Virginia. Of those teams Florida State separates themselves from the pack with an unblemished 3 and 0 record at the bowl and are tied with North Carolina State for the most wins in the event with three. All of the conferences that have ever been involved in the Russell Athletic Bowl are known to have some of the best college football programs in the country so you can be assured that there will be high-quality football being played at the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day.

The Experience

Upon entering the Citrus Bowl, fans are well aware that they are about to see a college football game unlike any other. The players warming up on the field are visibly fighting off nerves and trying to get out all of the jitters before the opening kick off. The crowd is full of players' families, alumni, hordes of journalists and sports writers, locals who are always thrilled to take part in the annual tradition, and college football fanatics who are hoping to see another historic college football match up. The pageantry of the cheerleaders, mascots, marching bands, and wild fans are enough to get you out of your seat, and then the game begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, clutch field goals, and game breaking plays fill up the day of world class college football. By the time the clock winds down your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip the following year.

The Players

The players involved in the Russell Athletic Bowl are all well aware that they are playing on one of the biggest, if not the biggest, stages that they have ever been asked to play and are all looking to prove that they are one of the elite college football players in the country. Some are playing their last collegiate game and in doing so want to be sure to go out on top and know that they left everything on the field. The most elite athletes are possibly using this as the last game in which to showcase their abilities in hopes of moving up the NFL draft board. These players are playing for personal pride, the pride of their schools, and the pride of their conference. There are a lot of bragging rights on the line and this is certainly not lost on the players, coaches, or fans at the stadium on New Year's Day.


Since its debut in 1990 the Russell Athletic Bowl has gone under several different names including the CarQuest Bowl, the Blockbuster Bowl, the Tangerine Bowl, the MicronPC Bowl, and the Champs Sports Bowl. Initially the event was held just outside of Miami at Joe Robbie Stadium before moving to Orlando in 2001.

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