Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan, President Tony Massey and Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive announced extended partnership agreements for Orlando’s Capital One Bowl, maintaining the game’s traditional Big Ten-SEC matchup through 2019-20.
Under the extended agreements, the New Year’s Day Classic will continue to feature the first selections from the Big Ten and SEC following the College Football Playoff games when the new system takes effect in the 2014-15 season.
“One of college football’s great events will continue here in Central Florida,” said Florida Citrus Sports President Tony Massey. “To extend our agreement to host the Southeastern Conference on New Year’s Day is a privilege and we are excited to continue that tradition.”
The SEC has sent a team to Orlando every year since 1992-93, but the conference’s history with the bowl dates back to the University of Florida’s appearance in the 1973 Tangerine Bowl. The conference has won three straight Capital One Bowls and four of the last five.
“The Capital One Bowl has a long and storied history and the SEC is pleased to continue its relationship with one of the premier post-season games in college football,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “Orlando offers a great venue for our schools and their fans and we are excited about continuing this relationship.”
With the renewed matchup, the Capital One Bowl maintains its New Year’s Day slot. The 2015 edition of the game, the first under the extended contracts, will also be the first played in a reconstructed Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium following over $200 million in renovations to the facility planned to take place over the course of the spring and summer of 2014.
The 2014 Capital One Bowl will be played on January 1, 2014. Priority seating is available through Florida Citrus Sports membership packages. For more information, visit www.FloridaCitrusSports.com or call 407.423.2476.