One part of the attraction to Tampa is the amazing choice of activities and adventure found in the area. It is no surprise to know that new construction in Tampa Bay is often caused by the number of retirees that enjoy taking in the wonderful opportunities for golf. Whether it is part of the housing development they choose to live in or one of the multitudes of public and private clubs and courses that dot Tampa and the area surrounding it, golfing is an age-old sport that will not lose its appeal.
The Outback Bowl
Another sports activity that draws a crowd is the former Hall of Fame Bowl, now known as the Outback Bowl. College football fans have delighted in the opportunity to see impressive teams in person each year, typically on the first or second of January. During the last twenty-six years, the game has gone into overtime three times.
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Five college teams have participated in the Outback Bowl four or more times: Georgia, Florida, Penn State, Wisconsin, and Ohio State. The boost in the economy is significant, and the event provides residents from other areas to experience the magic that is Florida.
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January 2, 2012 put this bowl game in NCAA history with a triple overtime, something that had previously happened twice. Down 0-16 at the half, Michigan State University returned to the field in an exciting second half. The final play of the third overtime was a blocked Georgia field goal attempt and a Spartans 33-39 victory.
January 1, 2010 will long be remembered as the year of records. Auburn and Northwestern participated in the second overtime game. Nine NCAA records and thirty-nine Outback Bowl records were tied or set in the Auburn 38-35 victory.
Twenty-two different schools have appeared in the Outback Bowl, including Purdue, Kentucky, Clemson and LSU. Successful annual events like this encourage new construction around Tampa Bay in the form of housing (including hotels), shopping centers, food service, medical centers and professional businesses. The record attendance for the Outback Bowl was set in 1990, with 68,085 in the stands to watch the competition between Auburn (31) and Ohio State (14). People from all over the country travel to see their favorite team, friend, relative, coach or just a great pair of college teams give a championship performance at Raymond James Stadium.