The Outback Bowl – A Tampa Bay Treasure

The Outback Bowl, presented by Outback Steakhouse and hosted at Raymond James Stadium, has been recognized as a local treasure to the Tampa Bay area for more than 30 years. Dating back to 1986 when the NCAA awarded Tampa with a yearly college football matchup, the Hall of Fame Bowl, brought together athletes and fans from all over the country. The Hall of Fame Bowl would be re-named nine years later when the Tampa born, Australian inspired Outback Steakhouse became the title sponsor of the yearly event. From 1995 until now, The Outback Bowl has earned the title of longest running sponsorship of a college bowl game, and Tampans couldn’t more proud.

FLocal’s own, Britt Blume, got the chance to speak with Clearwater Mayor, George Cretekos and President of The Outback Bowl, Jim McVay about the positive economic impacts and boost in tourism that can be attributed to the Outback Bowl.

Head over to to download your February issue – Sports, Health and Wellness, to see the full article and be sure to check out FLocal Magazine’s YouTube channel to watch FLocal’s coverage of the Outback Bowl Pep Rally, held at the always beautiful Clearwater Beach.


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