Attractions

College Football Bowl Locations – When, Where, and How to Get There

For any college football fan, bowl games are a great excuse to travel to new places.  Sometimes that just means a quick weekend flight in and out to get to the bowl game itself.  But other times it is worth justifying the additional time and expense to make the trip into a whole vacation.  Since most bowl games are after Christmas, there is even an opportunity to give a vacation as a gift!

Here I’ll list football bowl games by date.  With each bowl game I list the competing teams, the location of the bowl, stadium information, and the airport you should consider using.  For the bigger games I’d highly recommend buying tickets ahead of time to make sure you’ll have a seat in the stadium.

Where will you be this bowl season?  I know I’ll be flying to Jacksonville, FL to watch my Nittany Lions take on the Georgia Bulldogs in the Taxslayer bowl.  After the game I’ll be making a short two hour drive over to Orlando to visit Disney World for the rest of the week!

 

Saturday December 19th

 

Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Arizona vs. New Mexico

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Stadium Information: University Stadium on the University of New Mexico Campus – Capacity 37,457

Airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport, Airport Code “ABQ”

 

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: BYU vs Utah

Location: Whitney, Nevada (15 minute drive from Las Vegas)

Stadium Information: Sam Boyd Stadium – Capacity 35,500

Airport: McCarran International Airport, Code “LAS”

 

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Ohio vs. Appalachian State

Location:  Montgomery, Alabama

Stadium Information: Cramton Bowl – Capacity 25,000

Airport:  Montgomery Regional Airport (closest), Code “MGM” or Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (more flight options, 1 hour 40 minute drive to stadium), Code “BHM”

 

AutoNation Cure Bowl: San Jose St. University vs Georgia St. University

Location:  Orlando, Florida

Stadium Information: Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium – Capacity 70,000

Airport: Orlando, Florida, Code “MCO”

 

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Arkansas St. vs Louisiana Tech

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Stadium Information: Mercedes-Benz Superdome – Capacity 76,468

Airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Code “MSY”

 

Monday December 21st

 

Miami Beach Bowl: Western Kentucky vs South Florida

Location: Miami Florida

Stadium Information: Marlins Park – Capacity 37,442

Airport: Miami International Airport, Code “MIA”

 

Tuesday December 22nd

 

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Akron vs Utah State

Location: Boise, Idaho

Stadium Information: Albertsons Stadium – Capacity 37,000

Airport: Boise Airport, Code “BOI”

 

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl: Temple vs Toledo

Location: Boca Raton, Florida

Stadium Information: FAU Stadium – Capacity 29,419

Airport: There are a couple of options for airports.  I’d recommend comparing prices for flights from your home city to determine the best airport for you to use.  Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport, Code “FLL” is a 30 minute drive south from FAU Stadium.  Palm Beach International Airport, Code “PBI”, is a 30 minute drive north from FAU Stadium.  Miami International Airport, Code “MIA” is an hour drive south from FAU Stadium.

 

Wednesday December 23rd

 

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Boise State vs Northern Illinois

Location: San Diego, California

Stadium Information: Qualcomm Stadium – Capacity 70,561

Airport: San Diego International Airport, Code “SAN”

 

GoDaddy Bowl: Georgia Southern vs Bowling Green

Location: Mobile, Alabama

Stadium Information: Ladd-Peebles Stadium – Capacity 40,000

Airport: Mobile Regional Airport, Code “MOB” (closest) or Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Code “MSY” (more flight options, 2.5 hour drive to stadium)

 

Thursday December 24th

 

Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs Western Michigan

Location: Nassau, Bahamas

Stadium Information: Thomas A Robinson National Stadium – Capacity 15,023

Airport: Lynden Pindling International Airport, Code “NAS”

 

Hawai’i Bowl: San Diego State vs Cincinnati

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (Island of Oahu)

Stadium Information: Aloha Stadium – Capacity 50,000

Airport: Honolulu International Airport, Code “HNL”

 

Saturday December 26th

 

St. Petersburg Bowl: Connecticut vs Marshall

Location: St. Petersburg, Florida

Stadium Information: Tropicana Field – Capacity 31,042

Airport: Tampa International Airport, Code “TPA”

 

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Miami vs Washington State

Location: El Paso, Texas

Stadium Information: Sun Bowl Stadium – Capacity 51,500

Airport: El Paso International Airport, Code “ELP”

 

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas: Washington vs Southern Miss

Location: Dallas, Texas

Stadium Information: Cotton Bowl – Capacity 92,100

Airport: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Code “DFW”

 

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Indiana vs Duke

Location: New York City, New York

Stadium Information: Yankee Stadium – Capacity 54,251

Airport: LaGuardia Airport, Code “LGA” or John F. Kennedy International Airport, Code “JFK”

 

Camping World Independence Bowl: Tulsa vs Virginia Tech

Location: Shreveport, Louisiana

Stadium Information: Independence Stadium – Capacity 50,459

Airport: Shreveport Regional Airport, Code “SHV” (closest) or Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Code “DFW” (more flight options, 3 hour drive to stadium)

 

Foster Farms Bowl: UCLA vs Nebraska

Location: Santa Clara, California

Stadium Information: Levi’s Stadium – Capacity 68,500

Airport: Mineta San Jose International Airport, Code “SJC” (closest) or San Francisco International Airport, Code “SFO” (more flight options, about an hour drive from stadium)

 

Monday December 28th

 

The Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: Pittsburgh vs Navy

Location: Annapolis, Maryland

Stadium Information: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium – Capacity 34,000

Airport: Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Code “BWI”

 

Quick Lane Bowl: Central Michigan vs Minnesota

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Stadium Information: Ford Field – Capacity 65,000

Airport: Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Code “DTW”

 

Tuesday December 29th

 

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: California vs Air Force

Location: Fort Worth, Texas

Stadium Information: Amon G. Carter Stadium – Capacity 45,000

Airport: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Code “DFW”

 

Russell Athletic Bowl: North Carolina vs Baylor

Location: Orlando, Florida

Stadium Information: Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium – Capacity 70,000

Airport: Orlando, Florida, Code “MCO”

 

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Nevada vs Colorado State

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Stadium Information: Arizona Stadium – Capacity 56,029

Airport: Tucson International Airport, Code “TUS” (closest) or Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Code “PHX” (more flight options, 2 hour drive from stadium)

 

Advocare V100 Texas Bowl: LSU vs Texas Tech

Location: Houston, Texas

Stadium Information: NRG Stadium – Capacity 71,500

Airport: George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Code “IAH”

 

Wednesday December 30th

 

Birmingham Bowl: Auburn vs Memphis

Location: Birmingham, Alabama

Stadium Information: Legion Field – Capacity 71,594

Airport: Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Code “BHM”

 

Belk Bowl: North Carolina State vs Mississippi State

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Stadium Information: Bank of America Stadium – Capacity 75,412

Airport: Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Code “CLT”

 

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Texas A&M vs Louisville

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Stadium Information: Nissan Stadium – Capacity 67,700

Airport: Nashville International Airport, Code “BNA”

 

National Funding Holiday Bowl: USC vs Wisconsin

Location: San Diego, California

Stadium Information: Qualcomm Stadium – Capacity 70,561

Airport: San Diego International Airport, Code “SAN”

 

Thursday December 31st

 

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: Houston vs Florida State

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Stadium Information: Georgia Dome – Capacity 74,228

Airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Code “ATL”

 

College Football Playoff Semifinal Capital One Orange Bowl: Oklahoma vs Clemson

Location: Miami Gardens, Florida

Stadium Information: Sun Life Stadium – Capacity 65,000

Airport: Miami International Airport, Code “MIA”

 

College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Michigan State vs Alabama

Location: Arlington, Texas

Stadium Information: AT&T Stadium – Capacity 80,000

Airport: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Code “DFW”

 

Friday January 1st

 

Outback Bowl: Northwestern vs Tennessee

Location: Tampa, Florida

Stadium Information: Raymond James Stadium – Capacity 65,890

Airport: Tampa International Airport, Code “TPA”

 

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: Michigan vs Florida

Location: Orlando, Florida

Stadium Information: Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium – Capacity 70,000

Airport: Orlando, Florida, Code “MCO”

 

Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame vs Ohio State

Location: Glendale, Arizona

Stadium Information: University of Phoenix Stadium – Capacity 63,400

Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Code “PHX”

 

Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual: Stanford vs Iowa

Location: Pasadena, California

Stadium Information: Rose Bowl Stadium – Capacity 92,542

Airport: Bob Hope Airport, Code “BUR” (30 minute drive to stadium), Long Beach Airport, Code “LGB” (1 hour drive to stadium), or Los Angeles International Airport, Code “LAX” (1 hour 15 minute drive to stadium)

 

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma State vs Ole Miss

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Stadium Information: Mercedes-Benz Superdome – Capacity 76,468

Airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Code “MSY”

 

Saturday January 2nd

 

Taxslayer Bowl: Penn State vs Georgia

Location: Jacksonville, Florida

Stadium Information: EverBank Field – Capacity 84,000

Airport: Jacksonville International Airport, Code “JAX”

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Kansas State vs Arkansas

Location: Memphis, Tennessee

Stadium Information: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Capacity 59,308

Airport: Memphis International Airport, Code “MEM”

 

Valero Alamo Bowl: Oregon vs TCU

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Stadium Information: Alamodome – Capacity 65,000

Airport: San Antonio International Airport, Code “SAT”

 

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl: West Virginia vs Arizona State

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Stadium Information: Chase Field – Capacity 48,519

Airport:Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Code “PHX”

 

Monday January 11th

 

College Football Playoff Championship

Location: Glendale, Arizona

Stadium Information: University of Phoenix Stadium – Capacity 63,400

Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Code “PHX”