Camping World Stadium – Camping World Bowl
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Marquee Football in Orlando
The Camping Word Bowl has gone through several sponsorship and name changes, but the matchup remains one between two top-tier college programs year after year. This all but guarantees a packed stadium full of fans that are among the best in the NCAA. And in December, Orlando serves as the perfect escape from the usually frigid cold of the north, when college sports fans can appreciate it most.
Food & Beverage 4
Finding food at Camping World Stadium is easy. For those in the suite levels, the food options are incredibly plentiful. The main suite in the recently renovated west side of the stadium features a full-service bar and buffet, and 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. For the majority of food vendors, a quality hot dog will cost you $4.50, while a chef’s choice game day hot dog costs $7. Nachos are $5, Popcorn is $4.50, peanuts run $4.75, and a large pretzel costs $4. In addition, arepas are available all over the stadium, for fans to get a taste of Florida.
If you’re a nacho fan looking for something bigger, the Rio Grande Pork Nachos cost $10, and include shredded lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes, and can also have chicken added for no charge. A rice bowl will run just $10 with pork or chicken, black beans, and diced tomatoes. A cheeseburger and fries costs $12, as do chicken fingers with fries. A spicy buffalo chicken sandwich with pepper jack cheese and fries also runs $12, while a side of fries costs $4.50.
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 $5.50.
The atmosphere is electric – the Camping World Bowl being a game between two power conference foes with great records, you are bound to get a solid matchup that excites even the most modest of fans.
The pre-game pageantry of the band performances, the exciting game action, and the feel of a bowl-game matchup make this an exciting game to be a part of. There is also plenty of beautiful scenery, with downtown Orlando just to the east, and lakes to the north and south of the stadium – the only downside is that one half of the upper deck is closed off to fans, and remains empty all game.
Camping World Stadium is perfectly located within walking distance of downtown Orlando, along public transportation lines, and is just blocks from the major highways. When looking at a map, the stadium is located at the end of what has become a sort of stadium district, just a few blocks down the road from Orlando City Stadium and the Amway Center.
What can you say about downtown Orlando? With Camping World Stadium within walking distance of downtown, fans can park in any of the various lots and garages downtown, then return on Church Street, 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.
There are suburbs to the west of Camping World Stadium, with the downtown city center on the east. There are tons of hotels nearby, and since the venue sits next to I-4, getting to other resorts and hotels in the greater Orlando area is not hard to do.
If you want to stay somewhere nearby, Aloft Downtown Orlando and the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando are right in the middle of downtown. For food, the Orlando sports faithful flock to the Lion’s Pride, as well as Schumann’s Jager Haus. For attractions, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando are both mere minutes south of the downtown area.
Because half of the upper bowl is closed off, the crowd size is naturally limited for the Camping World Bowl. However, being a bowl game, the fans are going to be energized without must provocation already, and the lower bowl at Camping World Stadium is pretty large anyway. The crowd still explodes with cheers, and the event is one of the most family-friendly games around.
With the teams being from power conferences, the fan bases travel very well, leading to a packed crowd of over 45,000 screaming with fervor for their favorite team on the field. The electricity that resonates through the stands makes this a game that fans look forward to going to. The tailgating pre-game is also wide spread, with parking areas several blocks away playing host to big parties all the way up to kickoff.
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, as most are multi-lane, and signage is well placed for the parking areas.
Parking on site is plentiful and easy to find. For those without a parking pass, you can find parking in various nearby business parking lots and front yards of those selling parking. Public transport is also available in the area, making getting to Camping World Stadium an easy process.
Return on Investment 4
Tickets for the Camping World Bowl are likely to go quickly, with the game selling out most premiere tickets right after the teams are announced. You also may pay a bit more for this game, both at face value and on the secondary market, due to the quality of the teams participating.
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.
The Camping World Bowl features plenty of in-game awards given away to athletes and local volunteers, as well as a check presentation for cancer research. In addition, one of the cooler things the game offers is a pre-game skydiving performance by military jumpers, who parachute onto the field with the flags of each school.
The pre-game and halftime performances feature both of the schools’ bands, adding to the college pageantry fans know and love, and there is also a pre-game fan fest that includes a pre-game concert, photo opportunities with mascots, band performances, VIP tents, and interactive displays. Finally, the Camping World Bowl also features the post-game trophy presentation that championship events are known for, completing the championship feel of the event for fans in the stands.
The Camping World Bowl is one of three bowl games in Orlando, and while it may not be as inexpensive as the Cure Bowl, it is no less worthy of your attendance – the marquee matchup here makes for a great game product on the field. Camping World Stadium is also much more enjoyable since its recent renovation, and that means you will feel a lot more comfortable during your visit as well.
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