NCAA BOWL GAMES
Alamo Bowl represents the best of what the sport has to offer: it has pageantry, tradition, history, rabid fan bases, and flat out great football virtually every time out. If you too are a fan of the sport, you should add the Alamo Bowl to your bucket list of big games to attend.
The Armed Forces Bowl is a great experience, and the bowl committee provides a great honor to all service members. The beautiful setting of Texas Christian University, the friendly confines of a beautiful architectural marvel such as Amon G. Carter Stadium, along with the city of Fort Worth, creates a wonderful destination during the college bowl season. In fact, the Armed Forces Bowl could even be one of the best return-on-investment experiences in all of college football.
Bowl games are a lot of fun, and there are a lot of destinations to choose from. Attending the Bahamas Bowl isn’t a bad choice, especially if your team is playing here, so consider a visit to the islands. There is so much to do here, and the bowl staff does try to put on a great show for you. Besides, where else can you watch American football at a soccer field?
Thanks to their conference tie-ins, the Belk Bowl will always have some decent teams playing in it, and the pro venue (Bank of American Stadium) is a far nicer facility to see a football game at than a lot of other bowl locations.
If you are willing to drive the distance to Boca Raton, then you are in for an easy-going treat. No, the crowd may not have FAU Stadium bursting at the seams, and no, it may not be the biggest roar you’ve ever heard when one of the teams scores as you sit in an open section of the stadium. But you will not often find a college bowl game with affordable food, tickets, and easy access for fans that won’t stress you out.
A decent way to spend an afternoon or evening, it won’t cost much more than going to the movies, and the weather should be good. This is probably not the best choice for the most die-hard football fans, since you will never see a powerhouse match-up or the rabidity you may be used to at some of the marquee venues, but for the more casual fan, it is a great place to take in a game in a relaxed, low-stress atmosphere.
The Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the greenest stadium on earth as it has earned platinum LEED certification. The stadium features more than 4,000 solar panels and a several million-gallon cisterns that catches rainwater for recycling.
If you are looking to attend a college bowl game in a place where the weather is great, the location is even better, and the cost is low, you can’t argue against the merits of the Cheez-It Bowl. It features a solid top-tier matchup between college football programs with great fan bases, is played in beautiful December weather in Florida, and won’t break the bank; how could you argue against that?
The Citrus Bowl is one of three bowl games in Orlando, and while it may not be as inexpensive as the Cure Bowl, it is no less worthy of your attendance; the marquee matchup here makes for a great game product on the field.
If you are looking to attend a college bowl game in a place where the weather is great, the location is even better, and the cost is low, you can’t argue against the merits of the Cure Bowl. In addition, after the game you can walk away knowing that you helped donate to a worthy cause in trying to find a cure for breast cancer.
The game is worth going to for the blue turf alone, although the game action is often quite good.
You really do have to see this place to believe it. Everything is so spacious, so modern and so clean. It is obvious that fan comfort was a top priority after the many years the franchise spent at Sun Devil Stadium. Every sports fan should make the trip to Glendale in the coming years to see University of Phoenix Stadium. It is a truly one-of-a-kind place. A modern marvel.
Dallas is a great destination for football fans; there are plenty of things to do throughout the year, and a visit to the First Responder Bowl is a wonderful reason to make a trip to Texas.
One of the earliest bowl games of the year, the Frisco Bowl may be seen by some to be a little subpar. However, with its location in a modern, professional stadium with lots of amenities, great concessions, and near a great city like Dallas, this bowl game is well worth a visit. If you have the chance, definitely head out to Texas next year for the match-up – you won’t regret it.
If you can only make it to one bowl game during the college football postseason, the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville is a great one to choose. Ticket prices are on the low end, the weather in Jacksonville is great, and there are a ton of extra activities you can participate in to make your trip all that much more enjoyable. Make plans to attend the Gator Bowl in Jax!
With the recent measures for a new football stadium having been voted down, expect SDCCU Stadium to continue to host The Holiday Bowl for years to come. While the stadium shows its age, it is still an adequate, if uninspiring place to watch a football game.
Independence Stadium itself is a little dated, though it has had some recent upgrades, and of course the Independence Bowl is not the highest profile bowl matchup you can find in the area.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is a special place to watch a game. If you are lucky to see the home team in action, it makes it even better. The Military Bowl is worth a watch no matter what.
Attending the Music City Bowl is a great opportunity to visit Nashville, which would be well worth your time. You are also guaranteed a pretty good match-up between two Power 5 teams, so this is a great bowl game to choose when you are making your holiday football plans. Make sure you plan extra time to take in the sights, and remember to dress warmly for this night game under the lights.
If you are looking for all the bells and whistles of “big time” college football, you might not find that here, but in terms of bang for your buck, you can’t beat the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
So is it worth it? The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is a must-stop bucket list item for any sports fan. While in the Dome, reflect back on some of the great events hosted inside the massive structure from the great Pistol Pete Maravich and the NBA’s New Orleans Jazz, to BCS National Championships, Super Bowls, NCAA Final Fours, and many more.
The Orange Bowl Game…what else comes close? You cannot argue the pageantry of the game. The history, the excitement, and the sheer enormity of what is on the line all make this one of the best college bowl games to go to. A definite must-see for die-hard sports fans, let alone college football fanatics.
Atlanta’s Peach Bowl observed its 50th Anniversary in 2018, making it the ninth oldest bowl game in college football history. Since its beginnings in 1968, the bowl game has been played in each of the city’s major football stadiums; Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the Georgia Dome, and the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Yankee Stadium is an iconic venue for sports fans. Every fan should visit at least once in their lifetime. The history and tradition of the Yankees is evident throughout the stadium. The Pinstripe Bowl is a unique experience that brings football and baseball together. It is on the pricey side though so be prepared to spend $200 or more.
Going to a Rose Bowl is big enough but the added bonus of the college football playoff semifinal made it a must see game. While it isn’t in the rotation each year, the regular bowl game will always feature a great game involving two high ranking teams. The renovations to the stadium did not compromise the classic look or feel to the stadium. The experience, the parade, and the pomp and circumstance make it a must see for any sports fan.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is an experience every major sports fan should have, especially if your school is participating in the Sugar Bowl. It will not be a semifinal game for the playoff again until 2018, but this would be the best time to check it out because it is college football at its best.
The Sun Bowl opened in 1963 with an original capacity of 30,000, but was expanded in 1982 to 52,000. It currently seats 51,500. The 2010 Sun Bowl between Notre Dame and Miami (FL) set the game’s attendance record when 54,021 people came to see the two storied programs.
The atmosphere for the game is great and even though NRG Stadium might be a tad big for this type of game, the closed roof helps keep the noise in making for a rowdy location.