F L O R I D A C I T R U S S P O R T S Florida Citrus Sports (FCSports) – a not-for-profit event management organization – has roots dating back to 1947 with the establishment of the original Tangerine Bowl. The game was organized by Elk’s Lodge #1079 in an effort to benefit a local hospital for disabled children. After 70 years the mission of FCSports has changed only in scope. The goal remains putting on the best bowl games in America while working to serve those in need in Central Florida, particularly in the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium. The organization strives to accomplish its goals through world-class sporting events, including: • the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, the current incarnation of that original Tangerine Bowl game which has evolved into a New Year’s Classic matching top teams from the SEC and Big Ten or ACC; • the Russell Athletic Bowl, Orlando’s second bowl game since 2001, features the top non-College Football Playoff selection from the ACC (inclusive of Notre Dame) with the second non-CFP pick from the Big 12 in late December for one of the top matchups of the postseason; • the Camping World Kickoff, a neutral-site game in college football’s opening weekend formed in partnership with ESPN Events; • the Florida Blue Florida Classic, an annual November showdown between in-state rivals Florida A&M University and Bethune- Cookman University that has grown into the premier black college football game in the nation 8 2 0 1 6 R U S S E L L AT H L E T I C B O W L • the NFL Pro Bowl, which moves to Orlando in 2017 thanks to a local organizing team that included Florida Citrus Sports as well as Visit Orlando, Visit Florida, the City of Orlando, Orange County, Walt Disney World and many others. Through these events, FCSports strives to be an industry leader in generating economic impact and exposure, providing the best customer experience and establishing Orlando as the nation’s premier neutral-site venue for sporting events.
2016 Russell Athletic Bowl
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