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Report: Orlando to host brand new bowl game in 2015

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Orlando will be the host city for one more postseason college bowl game, because two just is not enough for the happiest place on earth. According to a report by The Orlando Sentinel, the Orlando Sports Foundation successfully pitched the concept for a new bowl game, the Cure Bowl, starting in the 2015 season. The game reportedly will be played in Bright House Networks Stadium, the home stadium for UCF and the mission for the bowl game is to raise funds for cancer-related charities.

A news conference is expected to take place Wednesday to unveil the bowl game, but The Orlando Sentinel reports the Sun Belt Conference and American Athletic Conference appear to have interest in aligning with the bowl game. Neith conference commissioner, Karl Benson of the Sun Belt or Mike Aresco of the AAC, has strayed far from the conversation. Aresco is expected to announce a new bowl partner for the American on Wednesday, so the timing fits the equation.

“It hasn’t been a secret that the Sun Belt has indicated a desire to be involved with a fourth guaranteed game,” Benson told The Orlando Sentinel. “I don’t think it’s been a secret that there’s been an organization in Orlando that has attempted to launch a game.”

The game will not be managed by the same group that runs and operates the Capital One Bowl and Russel Athletic Bowl, both of which are played in the Citrus Bowl, although it will be interesting to see how these three games overlap in the postseason schedule in future years. Florida Citrus Sports, the group that manages the two existing bowl games, has been hoping to improve Orlando’s standing as a postseason bowl destination in the age of the College Football Playoff. Improvements to the Citrus Bowl would be help, but any success this new postseason game brings to the table could eventually be a benefit for the city of Orlando’s chances of one day hosting a playoff game.

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10 Responses to “Report: Orlando to host brand new bowl game in 2015”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Apr 15, 2014 11:42 AM

    I think we were all hoping there would be another superfluous bowl down in Florida.

  2. floridacock says: Apr 15, 2014 12:02 PM

    Improvements to the Citrus Bowl WOULD help?? They tore most of it down last year and are completely rebuilding it now. It’s about time

  3. lgbfl says: Apr 15, 2014 12:10 PM

    Are you sure you’re reporting the location accurately? The Orlando Sentinel article to which you linked says that the game will be played at the Citrus Bowl, not at Bright House Networks Stadium on the UCF campus.

  4. kosarkid says: Apr 15, 2014 12:36 PM

    Finally!!! Just what we needed, more bowl games!! Why don’t they just make the playoff format like college basketball. A field of 64 teams and name each game a different bowl game. Anyone remember a day when it was an accomplishment just to make it to a bowl game? Now everyone get’s to play in a bowl game. College football is turning into those little league games where they don’t keep score and everyone’s a winner so no one feels bad about themselves.

  5. houndofthebaskervols says: Apr 15, 2014 12:38 PM

    LOL This is pretty bad reporting. I got excited when I saw Bright House, but the Sentinel article clearly says the game will be played at the Citrus Bowl stadium.

    “The Citrus Bowl is in the middle of a $200 million renovation, which is expected to be completed in time for this year’s bowl season.”

    Bout damn time, too bad they cant move it out of that ghetto.

  6. mogogo1 says: Apr 15, 2014 4:22 PM

    Seriously, how long does this have to stay up before it is corrected? First sentence from the Sentinel story reads “Orlando will host a third college football bowl game at the Citrus Bowl….”

  7. overratedgators says: Apr 15, 2014 5:46 PM

    The Cure Bowl: Playing Here Is Just Like Heaven

  8. friarjack61 says: Apr 15, 2014 5:50 PM

    Great location for the teams and fans. Mickey will welcome all, to the warmth and friendliness of the Sunshine State !

  9. chunkala says: Apr 15, 2014 6:37 PM

    They’ll be 128 teams in Division 1 soon, right?
    Why not add 24 more bowls so every team is guaranteed a bowl game every year?

  10. fsu01 says: Apr 15, 2014 6:51 PM

    For those complaining about the number of bowl games, just do not watch. As a guy who enjoys watching college football, I do not see a problem with watching more games just before the season goes away for seven months.

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