The Orange Bowl Overview
The Orange Bowl is one of the oldest and most prestigious of the annual college football bowl games played in the United States. Hosted by the city of Miami, Florida, this game has been played annually since 1935, and celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.
Miami boosters decided to organize a football bowl game to boost the city's economy in the depths of the Depression and the Florida land bust. The first games were played at Miami Field, which was replaced in 1938 by the Miami Orange Bowl. The annual game was held there until 1996, when it moved to Dolphin Stadium. After returning to the Orange Bowl for one final game in 1999, the Orange Bowl has remained at Dolphin Stadium (AKA SunLife Stadium).
Beginning in 1989, Federal Express sponsored the Orange Bowl and its name was changed to the FedEx Orange Bowl; FedEx ended its association with the game after the 2009 season and in 2010 Discover took over the sponsorship. The game is now officially called the Discover Orange Bowl.
For many years the Orange Bowl hosted the champion of the Big Eight Conference. Since 1998 the Orange Bowl associated with the Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference, and beginning in 2008 has been exclusively tied to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
Beginning in 1998, the Orange Bowl became one of the four college football bowls to make up the Bowl Championship Series
(the other three bowls in the series are the Sugar Bowl
, Fiesta Bowl
and Rose Bowl
). Every four years, the Orange Bowl hosts the National Championship Game the week after the New Year's bowl games.
Oklahoma has played in the most Orange Bowls with 18 appearances, with Nebraska close behind at 17. Between them they account for 20 Orange Bowl wins. The Orange Bowl Hall of Fame includes players Joe Namath and Bart Starr, and legendary coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant, Joe Paterno, and Tom Landry among many others, all of whom participated in at least one Orange Bowl in their careers.
The Orange Bowl can also claim one of the oldest bowl game mascot figures, Obie the Orange, who has been appearing at Orange Bowl games and events since the bowl's founding in 1935.
There are numerous events, awards, sporting events and festivals associated with the Orange Bowl name, that run virtually throughout the year. These include a college basketball classic game, junior Orange Bowl football game, a Cheer and Dance championship, a tennis tournament, a swim meet, a sailing regatta and a youth festival. Around the game itself, the Orange Bowl holds a Tailgate Party the night before, as well as a coaches' luncheon and prayer breakfast. Each December, the Orange Bowl recognizes the top college football place kicker with the Lou Groza Place Kicker Award.
The Orange Bowl also sponsors the Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award, which is voted on by members of the Football Writers Association of America and commends a player who has shown extraordinary courage on or off the field. At Allpro
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are also interesting around this time of year as well.
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