Football Orange Bowl

Football Orange Bowl

The Orange Bowl is the second oldest college football bowl game, only outdone by the Rose Bowl. It remains one of the most competitive bowl games, featuring two of the best college football teams each year. Since 2014, it has hosted three College Football Playoff games. Read on to learn more about the Orange Bowl!

What is the Orange Bowl in Football?

The Orange Bowl, also known as the Capital One Orange Bowl, is an annual college football game. It is one of the New Year’s Six (NY6) Bowl Games, along with the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl. These bowl games are played on or around New Year’s Day, and are the top bowl games for the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The Orange Bowl typically features the top team from the ACC, though it is sometimes instead used for a College Football Playoff semifinal game.

Basic Information:

  • Stadium: Hard Rock Stadium
  • Location: Miami, Florida
  • First Game: 1935
  • Conference Affiliation: ACC vs. Big Ten or SEC (when not a CFP Semifinal)
  • Most Appearances: Oklahoma (20 appearances)
  • Most Wins: Oklahoma (12 wins)

Orange Bowl 2022

The 2022 Orange Bowl will take place on December 30th, 2022, and will be played between the Clemson Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers. The game will take place at 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time, at Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami, Florida. The least expensive tickets, including estimated fees, are around $120. Lower bowl seats, which are closer to the action, start at around $230 but can cost over $1000 for the very best seats

Conference Affiliation

The Capital One Orange Bowl typically features the best team in the ACC, excluding any ACC team that qualifies for the College Football Playoff, and a top opponent from either the Big Ten or SEC. The Orange Bowl has been branded as the “Home of the ACC Champion” since it became the bowl game for whoever wins the ACC in 2007. 

Some years, the Orange Bowl is a College Football Playoff game, instead of hosting the ACC champion. This has been the case three times since 2014, when the College Football Playoff began. The three College Football Playoff games played at the Orange Bowl were in 2015, 2018, and 2021. 

Orange Bowl History

The Orange Bowl has a long history, as it was created back in 1935. Two years before the first Orange Bowl, Miami hosted the Festival of Palms Bowl. This Festival of Palms game occurred twice in 1933 and 1934, though neither was recognized as an official bowl game. The two games saw University of Miami pitted against a non-local opponent at Moore Park in Miami. The popularity of these events led to the first ever Orange Bowl game, in 1935. 

The 1935 Orange Bowl Game took place on New Year’s Day, and the University of Miami was once again featured. Unlike the past two years, when University of Miami was automatically given a berth in the Festival of Palms Bowl games, University of Miami had to earn their way into the game. Because of this non-automatic berth, this game was recognized as an official bowl game by the NCAA. The location and qualifications for the Orange Bowl has changed many times over the years, though it has always remained in Miami. 

Orange Bowl Payout

The payout of the Orange Bowl varies year to year and has not yet been announced for 2022. With that said, the payout has followed an upward trend over the years. In 2019, University of Virginia earned $27.5 million for making the Orange Bowl. The payout of the 2022 Orange Bowl is thus expected to be even higher. 


Why is it called the Orange Bowl?

It is not actually clear why it is called the Orange Bowl, but this annual contest has gone by that name since its creation in 1935. Currently, it is known for the large quantity of oranges that fill the trophy each year. The game’s full title is Capital One Orange Bowl, because the game is sponsored by the company Capital One. In the past, it was known as the FedEx Orange Bowl from 1998 to 2009, and the Discover Orange Bowl from 2010 to 2013. 

When is the Orange Bowl?

The Orange Bowl takes place on or around New Year’s every year. In 2022, the Orange Bowl will be played on Friday, December 30th, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The latest an Orange Bowl has ever been played was January 5th, in 2010. The earliest the Orange Bowl has ever been played is December 29th, in 2018. However, the 2024 Orange Bowl is scheduled for December 28th, 2024.

Where is the Orange Bowl played?

The Orange Bowl has been held at Hard Rock Stadium since 1996, with the exception of 1999, and was long held at a stadium named Miami Orange Bowl before then. Hard Rock Stadium has gone through many name changes over the years, taking on the names Pro Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Land Shark, Sun Life, and finally Hard Rock Stadium starting in 2016. The stadium known as Miami Orange Bowl, which was used from 1935-1996, and again in 1999, was originally called Miami Field.