Bowl postcard: USC has ties with both Orlando games

12/29/2013 9:04 PM

12/29/2013 9:10 PM

South Carolina has a connection with both bowl games played annually at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.

Louisville defeated Miami 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Saturday. That event originally was called the Blockbuster Bowl and was held in Miami. It has changed names seven times since its inception, including being known as the Carquest Bowl from 1994 to 1997.

The Gamecocks won the first bowl game in program history with a 24-21 Carquest Bowl win against West Virginia in 1995. The game moved to Orlando in 2001 and was called the Champs Sports Bowl from 2004 to 2011.

The stadium’s second game, the Capital One Bowl, was known as the Tangerine Bowl from 1947 to 1982. It was then called the Citrus Bowl — with several sponsors along the way — from 1983 to 2002.

The Gamecocks defeated Nebraska 30-13 in the Capital One Bowl two seasons ago.

The stadium seats 70,000 and is located about 12 miles from USC’s team hotel. The venue also hosts the East-West Shrine Game and this week’s Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, a high school all-star event.

The top grossing event at the Citrus Bowl was Wrestlemania 24 in 2008. It reportedly sold nearly $6 million in tickets.

Dwayne McLemore

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