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Three bowl games in Orlando? ‘It’s a possibility’

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Creating more bowl games to accommodate schools from the fiver lower-tier conferences in major college football could be in the offing in the near future. While nothing’s set in stone yet, the city of Orlando could wind up hosting three bowls as a result.

Or, at least that’s what Alan Gooch,¬†executive director of the Orlando Sports Foundation and former UCF coach, would like to see considered.

“We have spoken to quite a few conferences and there are conferences that are interested, but we are just continuing to go through that process,” Gooch said via the Orlando Sentinel.

The Citrus Bowl already hosts the Russell Athletic Bowl and the Capital One Bowl. The American Athletic Conference has looked into creating its own bowl, but Miami has reportedly been the destination of choice.

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20 Responses to “Three bowl games in Orlando? ‘It’s a possibility’”
  1. barbeaux says: Jul 7, 2013 10:19 PM

    Well lets just have a billion bowl games, shall we?

  2. mrlaloosh says: Jul 7, 2013 11:27 PM

    How can all these bowl games with thousands of empty seats make money? Idiots at TV networks.

  3. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jul 8, 2013 12:02 AM

    Would all three be played in the same stadium? Because I remember a couple years ago, that Penn State/LSU Capital One bowl was played on the most god-awful field I’ve ever seen, because there was another bowl a week or so before, and it rained leading up to the first bowl game, the field got destroyed, and it kept raining, and the field was a still a joke for the PSU/LSU game. (And just to be clear, I’m a PSU fan that is glad they won, I’m not an LSU fan complaining that the field conditions slowed them down. But regardless of outcome, I wanna see a game played under good conditions, not on that slop)

    Now you’re telling me there might be a THIRD GAME????

  4. thefiesty1 says: Jul 8, 2013 12:18 AM

    No more 6-6 teams going to bowl games, please.

  5. mogogo1 says: Jul 8, 2013 12:29 AM

    Their hope that fans will make it a vacation to Disney/Universal. And that says all you need to know about how hard it is to get fans excited about worthless bowl games. Surprised the bowls don’t work out a deal where people get a Park Hopper pass with a bowl ticket purchase.

  6. overratedgators says: Jul 8, 2013 12:58 AM

    Exactly what the sport needs: one more “Head On – Apply Directly to the Forehead Bowl” featuring the seventh best team in the MAC against the local high school. These idiots are aware that there’s a playoff coming right? And that increasingly, no one’s going to be watching the bowls we already have? Oh well – thank god for Netflix as an alternative, I guess.

  7. jagtiger says: Jul 8, 2013 4:10 AM

    That stadium in Orlando is a dump!

  8. dryzzt23 says: Jul 8, 2013 7:23 AM

    3 bowl games in 1 Florida stadium? Why/how does Florida get all these bowl games? Any additional bowl games should be played in the North.
    Florida, Texas, California, Arizona, and Louisiana have virtually every bowl game. These states are already getting millions of tourists dollars and don’t need the money whereas a bowl game in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania would do wonders for the area.

  9. fatcamper says: Jul 8, 2013 7:53 AM

    @dryzzt23 – Nobody wants to go to the OH/MI/PA in Dec/Jan, especially to watch a matchup of lower ranked teams in poorly-regarded conferences. If they can make the game one more attraction to a Disney vacation it might draw a couple thousand people instead of zero people.

  10. JC De La Torre says: Jul 8, 2013 8:11 AM

    LOL, let’s see…do I want to go to Michigan in January or Florida? Yeah, it’s not rocket science.

    Tampa only has one game – the Outback Bowl. (Beef O Brady’s Bowl is played at Tropicana Field in St. Pete), maybe they should have a second game at Raymond James Stadium.

  11. floridacock says: Jul 8, 2013 8:42 AM

    @dryzzt23 Are you blind? Part of the reason people go to bowl games is the area and it’s attractions. And these “little” bowl games everyone seems to complain about, except the kids that get to play in them, whom otherwise would be sitting at home, would not exist IF they did not make money. Fact. Don’t like it? Turn off your TV

  12. dryzzt23 says: Jul 8, 2013 8:44 AM

    Ok so apparently fatcamper and JC are not loyal fans of their teams, at least not enough to watch them play in any climate.
    This is why I have zero respect for the SEC and its fans. They will play in the south but that’s it. Their fans HATE traveling anywhere outside of their comfort zone. ( the southeast). SEC/ACC teams don’t have to have large travel budgets b/c they play in their own region, rarely do they travel out of it.
    IF SEC fans are truly “the most loyal” college football fans in the U.S. then they should travel ANYWHERE. Big Ten fans have to travel all over the country, and they do it even though the midwest is the hardest hit by the economy. Apparently the title of “most loyal fans” is misplaced and should be with the Big Ten fans.

  13. dryzzt23 says: Jul 8, 2013 8:47 AM

    Any additional bowl games in Florida would be evidence of a clear bias for the SEC/ACC. The bowl game would essentially be another home game, thus putting the visiting team at a supreme disadvantage.

    Let’s stack the deck for the SEC yet again…this is why the post-season is all f’ed up.

  14. fatcamper says: Jul 8, 2013 9:18 AM

    I’m not an SEC or ACC fan, but do live in FL. I don’t know about fan loyalty, but my guess is you better pray for global warming if you want to see a bowl game played in MI anytime soon.

  15. dryzzt23 says: Jul 8, 2013 10:36 AM

    Football was born in Canton, Ohio. In the wind, rain, snow, and every other kind of inclement weather. Apparently southern college football fans cannot handle any kind of inclement weather whatsoever.
    Since when does the weather have to be perfect to play football?

  16. floridacock says: Jul 8, 2013 11:57 AM

    @dryzzt23 You have no respect for the SEC because your teams can’t beat them. Football can be played in any weather. It’s about getting the fans to come and have somewhere for them to spend mucho money. Uhh and how bout the Rose Bowl and the other 2 bowls in CA the Big 10 just signed up for, along with the Florida bowls they are commuted to play in and, as usual, get beat by an SEC school. You got nothing.

  17. floridacock says: Jul 8, 2013 11:58 AM

    @dryzzt23 And what else do Midwestern Big 10 fans have to do in the winter? Shovel snow?

  18. handsofsweed says: Jul 8, 2013 2:52 PM

    Football was born in canton???? Um, no. PRO FOOTBALL was born there in 1920, but this is an article about college bowls, not the NFL.

    Let me guess. Dryzz is a browns fan who swears upand down that they won 8 world titles, yet mistakenly thinks that being AAFC champs 4 times somehow makes the browns the world champs and NOT the NFL champs from those 4 years. This state is fuuuuuuulllllll of browns fans that don’t even understand the lineage of the WORLD TITLE.

  19. niubears says: Jul 8, 2013 4:25 PM

    The third bowl game would probably be played at UCF’s stadium, not the Citrus Bowl

  20. mcg1848 says: Jul 9, 2013 11:01 AM

    FYI the Citrus Bowl is slated for about $200M in renovations where about 80% of the stadium will be replaced. I think the renovation also consists of a new synthetic playing surface – not sure if it is Astro Turf but something like that.

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