Russell Athletic Bowl
What is now the Russell Athletic Bowl was sprung from a desire to hold a second bowl game in Miami as an accompaniment to the Orange Bowl, and to showcase the brand new stadium in the city that was built in 1987. Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga quickly joined forces with bowl organizers and brought in Blockbuster Video, which he owned at the time, as title sponsor. The inaugural game, played on December 28, 1990, pitted Florida State and Penn State, and two legendary coaches, Bobby Bowden versus Joe Paterno in front of over 74,000 at Joe Robbie Stadium. Subsequent games, however, never matched the success of the first, even though the bowl was eventually moved to New Year's Day in 1993. For the 1994 playing, CarQuest Auto Parts became the title sponsor after Huizenga sold Blockbuster Video to Viacom. The New Year's Day experiment was short lived as the organizers of the Orange Bowl, who had been seeking to move the game out of the aging Miami Orange Bowl for some time, received permission to move to Joe Robbie Stadium beginning in 1996. After the 2000 playing, Florida Citrus Sports took over the game and moved it to Orlando.
28Russell Athletic Bowl
Time: 06:45 pm
Venue: Florida Citrus Bowl - Orlando, Florida
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