- Orange Bowl (game)
name = Orange Bowl
full_name = FedEx Orange Bowl
image_size = 150
caption = FedEx Orange Bowl logo
previous_stadiums = Miami Field (1935-1937)
Miami Orange Bowl(1938-1996, 1999)
Miami Gardens, Florida
years = 1935-present
previous_tie-ins = Big Eight (1968-1998)
Big East (1998-2005)
conference_tie-ins = ACC
payout = 17,000,000 (2006)
former_names = Orange Bowl (1935-1988)
prev_matchup_year = 2008
prev_matchup_teams = Kansas vs. Virginia Tech
prev_matchup_score = KU 24, VT 21
next_matchup_year = 2009
next_matchup_teams = ACC Champion or BCS At-Large vs. BCS At-Large
next_matchup_date = January 1
The Orange Bowl is an annual
college footballgame that is usually played the first week in January in the Miami, Floridametro area, in the United States.
The game was played at Miami Field [http://www.orangebowl.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=11800&KEY=&ATCLID=695751] (located where Miami Orange Bowl was later built) from 1935 to 1937, the
Miami Orange Bowlfrom 1938 to 1996 and 1999, being moved to its current site, Dolphin Stadiumin Miami Gardens, Florida, in December 1996. The corporate title sponsor has been FedEx(formerly Federal Express) since 1989 and the official title of the game is the FedEx Orange Bowl. The 1999 game was moved to the namesake stadium because the game was played on the same day the Miami Dolphinshosted an NFL Wild Card Playoff game. Coincidentally, both of those games were aired on ABC.
From 1968, the game usually featured the champion of the former
Big Eight Conference(whose members formed the basis of the current Big 12 Conference). Since 1998, however, with the creation of the Bowl Championship Seriessystem, team selection for the Orange Bowl is now tied into the other three BCS Bowls. From 1998-2005, the game hosted the champion of either the ACC or Big Eastconferences, unless they were invited to the National Championship game. Starting with the 2006 season, the Orange Bowl will be exclusively tied with the ACC and will use the brand "Home of the ACC Champion". As one of the Bowl Championship Series(BCS) bowl games (the others being the Sugar, Fiesta, and Rose Bowls), the Orange Bowl had hosted the national championship game once every four years under the BCS system (as it did on January 4, 2005).
The Orange Bowl currently airs on Fox, having done so since 2007. ABC aired the game the previous eight years, with CBS (1995-1998) and NBC (1964-1994) previously carrying the game. The most recent Orange Bowl, played at Dolphin Stadium on
January 3, 2008, featured ACC Champion Virginia Techand Big 12At-Large University of Kansas. Kansas won the game by a score of 24 to 21.
+ - Denotes
Bowl CoalitionChampionship game
^ - Denotes
Bowl AllianceChampionship game *Denotes BCS National Championship Game~ Game played at Miami Orange Bowldue to scheduling conflict with NFL playoff game † Denotes overtime(s)
Palm Festival Game
In 1932, George E. Hussey, official greeter of Miami, organized the first Palm Festival Game, predecessor of the Orange Bowl. With Miami suffering from both the Great Depression and the preceding Florida land bust, Hussey and other Miamians sought to help its economy by organizing a game similar to Pasadena's Rose Bowl.
Two games were played in this series at Moore Park in Miami, both pitting an invited opponent against a local team, the
University of Miami. In the first game, played on January 2, 1933, Miami defeated Manhattan College7-0. In the second game, played on New Year's Day 1934, Duquesne defeated Miami 33-7.
These games are not recognized as bowl games by the
NCAAbecause one team was guaranteed a berth regardless of record. However, following the success of these games, backers organized another game for New Year's Day 1935 under the Orange Bowl name. This game, unlike the Palm Festival Games, did not automatically grant a berth to one team, although the University of Miami was again a participant. For this reason, the 1935 Orange Bowl was later recognized by the NCAA as an official bowl game. [Bowl Games: College Football's Greatest Tradition, by Robert Ours, 2004, pg. 28]
List of college bowl games
Orange Bowl broadcasters
* [http://www.orangebowl.org/ Orange Bowl official site]
* - Dolphin Stadium
* [http://athletics.cua.edu/history/orange.cfm 1936 Orange Bowl story]
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