Orange Bowl Named South Florida's Top Event

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  The Orange Bowl has been named South Florida’s Top Sporting Event in BizBash Media’s list of “Miami/South Florida’s Top 100 Events 2014.”

  BizBash Media is an innovator and resource hub for the event and meeting industry with its Web site, magazines, and trade shows.

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  To choose and rank the annual events on this list, BizBash looked at several factors, including economic impact, buzz, innovation, and an event’s prominence within the communities it intends to serve.

  “The Orange Bowl has been a South Florida staple since 1935,” said Orange Bowl CEO Eric Poms. “We are honored to be recognized as the top sporting event in South Florida. While the Orange Bowl football game is our major annual event, it is just one of the many ways we help showcase and support all that makes this area great. We will to do all we can to ensure we continue to host premier sporting events and entertainment here in South Florida.”

  The Orange Bowl is college football’s second oldest bowl game and has a history of hosting some of the most exciting matchups while presenting first-class pre-game and halftime performances.

  Last season featured two of the country’s top offenses, Clemson and OhioState, in a closely contested shootout with Clemson narrowly escaping 40-35.

  The halftime show featured multi-platinum, GRAMMY nominated country superstar Dierks Bentley.

  He joined a long-standing tradition of top entertainment showcased during the Orange Bowl halftime show, which has included Jake Owen, Train, the Goo Goo Dolls, Kelly Clarkson, Kool & the Gang, Ciara, ZZ Top and the Doobie Brothers in recent years. 

  Other top artists performing at last season’s pre-game festivities included platinum selling country duo, Love and Theft and Danielle Bradbery, the season four winner of “The Voice.”

  Starting this season, the Orange Bowl will return to its New Year’s holiday roots with a new and exciting matchup, and as part of a rotation of bowls included in the new College Football Playoff.

  The format is simple: the best four teams, two semifinals played in bowl games and a championship game also played in bowl games with that championship game played in a different city each year.

  Over the next twelve years, the Orange Bowl will host a College Football Playoff semifinal every three years: December 31 in 2015, 2018, 2021 and 2024 at either 5 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

  During the eight years when the Orange Bowl does not host a semifinal, including this year, it will feature the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Champion, or if the champion is participating in the College Football Playoff, the next highest ranked ACC school (by the CFP selection committee) versus the he highest ranked (by the CFP selection committee) available school from among the following entities: Big Ten Conference, Southeastern Conference (SEC) or Notre Dame.

  Big Ten and SEC will receive a minimum of three Orange Bowl appearances each during the eight games.

Notre Dame may make up to two appearances in the eight games.

  The 81st Orange Bowl will be held Dec. 31 at 8:30 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium.

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