January 2021Digital Newsletter

Florida Citrus Sports closed out 2020 with the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29, then kicked off 2021 with the Vrbo Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day! Camping World Stadium welcomed a limited-capacity crowd for both games.

It’s no small feat hosting two major bowl games in four days, particularly in times like these, and Florida Citrus Sports is grateful to the many partners who helped make it happen — plus the countless members who continued to support the FCS mission on game day and throughout this unprecedented year.

Check out a few of our favorite member photos from last week below:

Members have access to unique experiences throughout the year and we’d love for you to join the team and be a part of the upcoming season. If you’d like to receive priority access to upcoming Florida Citrus Sports events sign up for our Bigtime updates below.

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Bowl Recaps

Cheez-It Bowl

Oklahoma State tops Miami, 37-34

Sophomore quarterback Spencer Sanders tied a career-high with four passing touchdowns as the No. 21 Cowboys defeated 18th-ranked Hurricanes in the 2020 Cheez-It Bowl. Read more.

Cheez-It shines in debut as title sponsor

Cheez-It brought its own unique flavor to the 31st edition of the Cheez-It Bowl game — the brand’s debut in Orlando — complete with animatronic cheese wheel fans, a Cheez-It bath for the winning coach and a Cheez-It infused menu for fans at the stadium.

Vrbo Citrus Bowl

Northwestern defeats Auburn 35-19 for first Vrbo Citrus Bowl win

Quarterback Peyton Ramsey accounted for four touchdowns as the No. 14 Wildcats bested the Tigers in the 2021 Vrbo Citrus Bowl on New Years Day. Read more.

Vrbo launches the G.O.A.T. Giveaway

Two lucky families will win a travel allowance of $25K each from Vrbo, which they can spend on up to two trips each that include airfare, lodging, and ground transportation. Click here to enter.

Coach Fitzgerald delivers on promise

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald joined our selection committee for a Monday morning meeting on Oct. 19 and spoke about bringing the Wildcats down to Orlando for the Vrbo Citrus Bowl. Mission accomplished.

71st Fighter Training Squadron provides flyover

Members of the 71st Fighter Training Squadron from 1st Fighter Wing, Langley Air Force Base in Virginia provided a flyover for the Vrbo Citrus Bowl during the national anthem.

After landing. the pilots were given a police escort to Camping World Stadium where they were able to catch the back half of the game and be recognized by the fans in attendance.

News & Notes

Camping World Stadium receives GBAC certification

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As we welcomed fans back to Camping World Stadium for bowl season, we’re proud to share that our partners at the City of Orlando have earned the Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR Facility Accreditation.

This certification for the City of Orlando and Camping World Stadium represents a significant benchmark for cleanliness in venues, and receiving it is an important step toward providing the safest possible environment for our event participants and attendees next week and beyond. Learn more.

Partner Spotlight: AdventHealth and Massey Services

Our longtime local partners AdventHealth and Massey Services were invaluable during during this unique and challenging year.

Alabama, Notre Dame, Iowa State get “Orlando Bump”

This postseason saw reigning Orlando bowl champions Alabama (Vrbo Citrus Bowl) and Notre Dame (Cheez-It Bowl) faceoff in the Rose Bowl, with the Crimson Tide earning the right to play in tonight’s CFP National Championship against Ohio State. Meanwhile, Iowa State, Notre Dame’s 2019 bowl opponent, defeated Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.

That means three of last year’s four Orlando bowl participants played in New Year’s Six games this year — a phenomenon we like to refer to as the Orlando Bump.

All eyes will be on Northwestern, Auburn, Oklahoma State and Miami next year to build on their successful seasons and take advantage of the “Orlando Bump” trend in 2021.

2021 CFP National Championship is rematch of ’95 Citrus Bowl

Ohio State and Alabama faced off for just the fifth time when they meet in the CFP Championship Game in Miami.

The two programs met in Orlando previously in the CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl on Jan. 2, 1995 at Camping World Stadium (then known as the Orlando Citrus Bowl). Coach Gene Stallings led the Crimson Tide to a 24-17 win over the Buckeyes in front of a crowd of 71,195.

The matchup is just one of several great clashes in the 75-year history of the Vrbo Citrus Bowl. You can check out more of the bowl game’s rich history by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

Monster Energy Supercross Premium

Feb 13.  |  7 p.m. | Camping World Stadium
Feb 20.  |  6:30 p.m. | Camping World Stadium

Camping World Stadium will host Rounds 7 & 8 of the 2021 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season on Feb. 13 & 20. Tickets will go on sale to the public starting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 12. A limited number of premium options are available for the event. Learn more.

Volunteer

Volunteer Food Drop

Over the past few months, Florida Citrus Sports, the West Lakes Partnership, Lift Orlando, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation have teamed up to host a series of emergency food drops for residents of the West Lakes Communities surrounding Camping World Stadium.

Approximately 700 families have been served at each food drop as food and other critical resources have been distributed to the community. Learn more.

If you would like to sign-up to take part in any future food drops or volunteer for either upcoming bowl game click the button below.

Member Highlight

Ramon Raiford

Joined 2016

From left, Ramon, his son and daughter and Ramon's wife and fellow FCS member OJ.

“FCS checks the box for everything that you want to get out of a member organization: volunteering in the community, networking, fun social events and the opportunity to be an ambassador for FCS and the Orlando community. The FCS commitment to the impact in the community surrounding Camping World Stadium is phenomenal.

Every member is appreciated and has a voice. FCS welcomes new ideas to enhance and improve the organization. I also bring my family to as many FCS-sponsored events as possible. I even signed my spouse up as a member so she could also join in on the enthusiasm of being a member. By the way, she loves the yoga sessions when they are presented.

I made a great choice in joining this organization!”

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