The fifth year of the Cure Bowl postseason college football game will mark the first time that it’s played at a new venue. The postseason contest that has been staged previously at Camping World stadium near downtown Orlando since 2015, is on the move to the new Orlando City Stadium, home of the MLS franchise.
Orlando Sentinel reporter Matt Murschel had details on the move Wednesday afternoon:
Updated our story on Orlando City Stadium to host the Cure Bowl to include reaction and details.
One interesting note, the standing supporter area will remain for bowl game with officials hoping Iron Lion Firm and The Ruckus groups show up for support.https://t.co/wKZmCTnKQ9 pic.twitter.com/m51n23lFbz
— Matt Murschel (@osmattmurschel) May 1, 2019
As me Murschel wrote, the game has never drawn more than 20,000 fans in the four match-ups at Camping World Stadium, while the Orlando City venue has a seating capacity of just over 25,000.
He further got comment from Alan Gooch, the executive director of the Cure Bowl, about the decision:
“This stadium makes sense for us and our mission to bring teams together to find a way to beat cancer,” said Gooch. “The optics are going to be great. The sound is going to be great. We’re going to be the first college American football game to play in this venue.
“Our second game in the Cure Bowl was with UCF and Arkansas State and it would have been a sell out in this stadium and that’s what every event operator wants is the opportunity to have a sellout at your event.”
The Cure Bowl, which is raised over $3.5 million for breast cancer research, since the games debut has traditionally involved a representative from the American Athletic Conference in two of the last three years.
The game last year saw Tulane (above) wiped out Louisiana – Lafayette 41-24 in a game was played before an announced crowd of 19,000. UCF also played in the bowl game in December of 2016, where they lost to Arkansas State out of the Sun Belt.
As we wrote yesterday in adding a new bowl game in 2020 at Fenway Park in Boston, the Cure Bowl is one of seven games that the AAC is tied into, now. Camping World stadium will still host the December bowl game of it’s sponsor namesake, and the traditional New Year’s Day Citrus Bowl, as well.
The Cure bowl game hopes to capture the intimacy of the smaller stadium to create a louder environment and has agreed to a four-year deal with Orlando City to host the event.
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