Camping World Stadium – Cure Bowl

by | Dec 26, 2018 | Chris Green, College Bowl Games, NCAA Football | 0 comments

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Bowling for A Cause

The AutoNation Cure Bowl has the unique distinction of being a football game that means more than the result on the field – all of the proceeds from the annual bowl game at Camping World Stadium are donated to breast cancer research, to help find a cure for this deadly ailment. On top of that, the game serves as a great escape from the cold of the north in the winter, to a tropical oasis in the south.

Food & Beverage   4

Finding food at Camping World Stadium is easy. For those in the suite levels, the food options are incredibly plentiful. The recently renovated main suite on the west side of the stadium features a full-service bar and buffet. In addition, outside of that suite are several bars with comfortable tables, chairs, and couches.

In the main concourse, the north end zone features a taco stand as well as some other food options. Arepas are available all over the stadium for fans to get a taste of Florida. For the majority of food vendors, a quality hot dog will cost you $4, and a personal-size Little Caesars’s Pizza runs $10. Nachos are $5, popcorn is $4.50, peanuts run $4.75, and a large pretzel costs $4.  A cheeseburger with fries costs $12, as do chicken fingers with fries or a spicy buffalo chicken sandwich with pepper jack cheese and fries, with a side of fries costing $4.50.  The top item however is the 4 Rivers Smokehouse pulled pork nachos for $10.

For beverages, a regular beer (Bud Light or Budweiser) costs $8, a large beer runs $11, and an import beer (Stella Artois) costs $11. Bottled water runs $5, while a bottled soda will cost you $4.

Atmosphere   3

The atmosphere at the Cure Bowl is different from most, as all those in attendance are helping to contribute to a worthy cause. The crowd is smaller than some of those at bigger bowls, with the upper level at Camping World Stadium being closed off to fans – this is partially a result of the Cure Bowl tie-ins, which usually result in smaller schools from mid-level conferences being invited, with Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette highlighting the most recent match-up.

Fans nonetheless can get a taste of the pageantry of bowl games. There is also plenty of beautiful scenery, with downtown Orlando just to the east, and lakes to the north and south of Camping World Stadium.

Neighborhood   5

Orlando’s Camping World Stadium is literally less than half a mile from downtown, right on Church Street, which is the hub of Orlando’s rebirth as a foodie and entertainment destination. The City of Orlando has also become a sports-thirsty destination over the last few years – with the explosion in popularity of Orlando City SC and a renewed interest in the Orlando Magic, the City Beautiful loves sports.

The immediate area around Camping World Stadium is suburbs to the west and the downtown city center on the east. There are tons of hotels nearby, and since the stadium sits near I-4, getting to other resorts and hotels in the greater Orlando area is not hard to do, either; it can’t get much better than that.

The official hotel of the most recent Cure Bowl was the Loews Royal Pacific Hotel at Universal Studios; you can also find the new Sapphire Falls Resort and Cabana Bay Beach Resort in that area as well. For food, the Lion’s Pride downtown is a popular sports bar stop, as is Schumann’s Jager Haus. For attractions, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando are both mere minutes south of the downtown area.

Fans   3

Because the upper bowl is closed off, the crowd size is naturally limited for the Cure Bowl. However, being a bowl game the fans are going to be energized without much provocation already. The crowd still explodes with cheers, and the Cure Bowl is one of the most family-friendly games around. And since the event also has a charitable undertone, it feels like everyone there is kind and generous, making you feel relaxed and not worried about a fight breaking out between rival fans.

Access   5

Camping World Stadium sits just a stone’s throw from I-4, and is literally just off the 408 highway. Getting there is not difficult from the local roads either, most of which are multi-lane, and signage is well placed for the stadium’s parking areas.

Parking on site at the Cure Bowl is plentiful and easy to find. For those without a parking pass, you can find parking at various nearby businesses and front yards that sell parking, with the average price running about $20, and some spaces going for less. Public transport is also available in the area, making getting to Camping World Stadium an easy process.

Return on Investment   5

Tickets for the Cure Bowl are affordable compared to most games, starting at $25 for the end zone and $50 for the sidelines, and with the money going back to a worthy cause, it is hard to argue with why someone would want to attend this game. Getting the experience of a college bowl game is always enjoyable for sports fans in general, and getting to watch one in Florida in the winter makes it even better. Orlando is blessed with great weather, never too cold or too hot in December, meaning you will be comfortable no matter where you are from.

Extras   5

The Cure Bowl features plenty of in-game awards given away to athletes and local volunteers, as well as the check presentation for cancer research. The pre-game and halftime performances feature both of the participating school’s bands, adding to the college pageantry fans know and love. There is also a pre-game fan fest that includes a pre-game concert, photo opportunities with mascots, performances by the bands, VIP tents, and interactive displays related to the Cure Bowl. Finally, the Cure Bowl also features the post-game trophy presentation that championship events are known for, completing the championship feel of the game for fans in the stands.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking to attend a college bowl game in a place where the weather is great, the location is even better, and the cost is low, you can’t argue against the merits of the AutoNation Cure Bowl. In addition, after the game you can walk away knowing that you helped donate to a worthy cause in trying to find a cure for breast cancer. Held at a world-class facility often overlooked for its lack of a home football team, the Cure Bowl at Camping World Stadium is a perfect mix of affordability, entertainment, and comfort wrapped into the perfect gift of a college bowl game.

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Walt Disney World

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Loews Royal Pacific Resort

6300 Hollywood Way

Orlando, FL 32819

(407) 503-3000

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Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

6601 Adventure Way

Orlando, FL 32819

(407) 503-5000

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Stadium Info

Camping World Stadium
1 Citrus Bowl Place
Orlando, FL 32805

Cure Bowl website

Camping World Stadium website

Year Opened: 1936

Capacity: 45,323

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