The Russell Athletics Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played in late December at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando Fl.
The game normally features a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
After playoff format changes the other team was selected from the Big 12 Conference.
The game is usually some time between Christmas and New Year’s Day around 5:00 on Friday.
It is usually a game that you can walk up and buy a ticket on game day as it normally does not sell out ahead of time.
One notable exception was the 2011 game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish which drew a large and very excited crowd - over 68,000 fans.
FSU won the game over the Irish and both teams went on to have big 2012 seasons.
The Seminoles eventually went on to win the ACC Championship Game in the Orange Bowl while the Fighting Irish went undefeated in the regular season and played for the national championship a week later at the same stadium in Miami.
Today about 50,000 fans pack the stadium to watch this bowl match.
The Citrus Bowl stadium is only a few blocks away from the Amway Center, the home of the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association.
The parking garages at the Amway Center are a great place to park for the game.
From there you can take a shuttle directly, to the football game and walk to the stadium.
Attending a college football game can cost you a pretty penny if you want prime seats, but tickets to the Russell Athletics Bowl are very reasonably priced.
So if you are heading down to Orlando to spend the holiday season be sure to check out the Russell Athletics Bowl on Friday evening.
After the game you can head on over to Church Street for food and drinks.
The atmosphere at many of the establishments will be lively after the bowl game.
By Marie Ospina
Florida Citrus Bowl
1610 West Church Street
Orlando, FL 32805
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