December 27, 2011 – Clearwater, Fla will celebrate the Outback Bowl college football championship game with a day of fun and sun on its world-renowned Gulf beaches. The Outback Bowl is the championship game between teams from the SEC and the Big Ten Conferences and takes place each year on New Year’s Day in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. The Outback Bowl Beach Day on Dec. 30, marks the big game with live music, sky divers, tug of war and much more.
The Michigan State Spartans and Georgia Bulldogs, along with their marching bands, cheerleaders, and alumni will join the community to start the weekend off right, all in one of the country’s most beautiful beach destinations. Sponsored by Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, City of Clearwater, the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, Visit St Pete-Clearwater, Suncoast Hospice Foundation, Allegiant Airlines, St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, 95.7 the Beat and 93.3FLZ Radio, the Outback Bowl Beach Day will be held on the sand next to Pier 60 in front of the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort.
Clearwater is the ideal destination for all Outback Bowl fans. Only 22 miles from Tampa, the sugar white sand beaches and variety of accommodations provide the perfect backdrop for an end of year break for all visitors. Clearwater has become especially popular with the recent success of Dolphin Tale the Warner Bros. blockbuster movie about its tailless dolphin, Winter, and the opening of the brand new Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure.
In addition to Beach Day, Clearwater is set to entertain all guests throughout the weekend. Sunsets at Pier 60 will be enhanced with additional vendors and buskers with special holiday hours from Dec. 26 through Jan 2. The Beach Day will finish with an expanded Blast Friday in the heart of downtown’s Cleveland Street District. The festivities include fireworks, vendors and dining as well as a special performance by Marty Balin, best known as a member of the popular band, Jefferson Airplane.
The City’s Facebook page lists a number of special offers that are available to guests planning to stay in Clearwater – www.facebook.com/cityofclearwater. Tickets for the game can be purchased through Ticketmaster. More information about the Outback Bowl and its schedule of events can be found at www.outbackbowl.com.
Clearwater is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests, occupying prime real estate along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. As a top, year round location for both leisure and business, Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, warm weather, great dining, and shopping, along with extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea. Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful and the city is also home to a wide variety of sporting and music events, including Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training and the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday.