Gasparilla Bowl Tickets
Location: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Leagues: C-USA, The American, MAC, ACC, SEC, Sun Belt
Sponsors: Bad Boy Mowers, Visit Tamps Bay, Tuf Life Skills, City of Treasure Island, iHeart Radio
Notable Games: 2010 Louisville v. Southern Miss, 2014 NC State v. UCF, 2016 Mississippi State v. Miami, 2017 Temple v. FIU
Gasparilla Bowl TicketsThe Gasparilla Bowl started in 2008, although it has been through a few name changes over the years. From 2008-2009, it was the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl and from 2010-2013 it was the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl. Then it became the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl from 2014-2016. In 2017, Bad Boy Mowers became the game's official title sponsor, and they changed the name to the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl after the Gasparilla Pirate Festival held yearly in Tampa. The Gasparilla festival celebrates the famous pirate Jose Gaspar. The Krewe of Gasparilla who host the parade was founded in 1904 and are very active in community outreach. It was this community mindset that caused the Gasparilla Bowl to adopt the name. The original St. Petersburg Bowl was held in the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, but they have since changed venues to the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. There have been some memorable matchups at the Gasparilla Bowl; to get Gasparilla Bowl tickets, go to StubHub.
Who are some Gasparilla Bowl notable players?Several notable players have participated in the Gasparilla Bowl. The 2008 losing team MVP Duke Calhoun has played with the New York Giants. Mohamed Sanu was a third-round draft pick for the Cincinnati Bengals and now plays for the Atlanta Falcons. Austin Davis played for multiple NFL teams and is now the offensive assistant coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Aaron Dobson was a second-round draft pick for the New England Patriots. He was a Super Bowl XLIX champion. Blake Bortles was picked up as a first-round draft pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars; he now plays for the Los Angeles Rams. Jacoby Pressett was picked up as a third-round draft pick for the New England Patriots and now plays for the Indianapolis Colts. T.Y. Hilton was selected as a third-round draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts; he has been to the Pro Bowl four times and was the 2016 NFL receiving yards leader.
What is the Gasparilla Bowl date?The Gasparilla Bowl happens towards the end of December every year, with the 2019 date being on December 23.
How big is Raymond James Stadium?Raymond James Stadium, affectionately known as “Ray Jay,” is located in Tampa, Florida. Raymond James Stadium is known for hosting major events such as Super Bowl XXV and XLIII. They also hosted the 2017 College Football National Championship. It is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well. Seating is normally 65,618, but it can be expanded to fit 75,000 people.
What notable rivalries have made it to the Gasparilla Bowl?The first year of the bowl, 2008, featured former conference rivals South Florida and Memphis. South Florida decimated Memphis with the final score being 41 to 14. In 2010, Louisville and Southern Miss were matched up. Southern Miss was favored to win with an 18–9–1 series lead. Louisville created an upset, just pulling off a win at 31 to 28. The Gasparilla Bowl has also featured several games with first-time match-ups.
What teams have played the Gasparilla Bowl the most?Marshall and UCF have a tie, each making three appearances at the Gasparilla Bowl. Marshall has won all three of their games and UCF has won one out of three games. South Florida and FIU both have been there twice. South Florida has won one game, and FIU has never pulled off a win.
Where can I buy Gasparilla Bowl tickets?Take part in the fun of the Gasparilla Bowl games by purchasing your tickets at StubHub.
Epic events and incredible deals straight to your inbox.