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Alabama vs. Mich. State: Interesting Facts about the Capital One Bowl in Orlando

Larry BurtonSenior Writer IDecember 27, 2010

Here's an inside look at the bowl with some interesting facts
Here's an inside look at the bowl with some interesting facts

Larry Burton (Syndicated Writer)

I got the credentials package for the Capital One Bowl last week and just now got around to reading the kit. Inside was a lot of interesting information I never considered.

Ticket Prices $45 to $225 - Now, there's a range. I have a lot of friends wondering how to get those $45 tickets, and I'm sure wondering what you get for the $225 ones.

Parking Passes for the Press - Boy, I wish Alabama would do that for me as well.

Stadium Capacity - Just over 65,000. That's smaller than the old Legion Field. Seems like they would have a bigger stadium. Last year's game saw just over 63,000 file into the stadium; this one's sold out.

Payout - Last year's Penn State vs. LSU game paid out $8.5 million. In a bad economy, this one pays out $9.2 million. Not too bad for a "second tier" bowl.

Other Incentives for the Press - Gift bags at registration, free admission to Disney with the team, and of course, all the food and beverages are complimentary.

Other Names for this Stadium:

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1947-1882:Tangerine Bowl; I guess that's like the Orange Bowl's little brother.

1983-1993: Florida Citrus Bowl; Let's just incorporate the whole citrus industry here.

1994-1999: Comp USA Florida Citrus Bowl; Oh, the beginning of corporate sponsorship, and then Comp USA almost went bankrupt.

2000: Ourhouse.Com Florida Citrus Bowl; Never heard of them

2001-2002: Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl; The last time it was named after a fruit.

2003-present: Capital One Bowl; Sounds more dignified and places more emphasis on the sponsor don't you think?

Team Hotels:

Michigan State: The Peabody; They share a hotel with Ducks. If you've never seen the duck march from the fountain you've missed a treat.

Alabama: Renaissance Orlando Resort; The Peabody may have location, but I've stayed at both, and the Renaissance is much nicer digs.

Want to See Kids in a Candy Store? Be at Best Buy, 8350 S. Orange Blossom Trail at 2:00pm on Thursday and see the Alabama players racing through the store to spend their $450 dollar gift cards.

Team Fun times:

Today: DisneyQuest in Disney World early morning; later Alabama does Sea World from 4:00pm to closing

Monday: Back to Disney from 2:45 til...

Tuesday: 2:45 til...Universal Studios

Wednesday: 2:45 til...Back to Disney

Thursday: The aforementioned shopping trip to Best Buy and a stop at the 5:00pm Pep Rally

Friday: All work

Saturday: Game Time

Though Saban is letting the boys have fun, this year they seem focused not to have a repeat of the Utah game in the Sugar Bowl when they had little to play for. Still, it will be an enjoyable week they will always remember.

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