Tampa, FL – In one of the Outback Bowl’s signature traditions, bowl officials extended a special welcome to the Iowa Hawkeyes and the LSU Tigers tonight during the first official bowl event of the week at the Outback Steakhouse Team Welcome Dinner. Teams were treated to a feast from Outback Steakhouse while bowl representatives welcomed the players and presented gifts to the head coaches, athletic directors and their wives.
And a feast it was as the teams devoured more than 5,000 lbs of food including: 750 lbs of sirloin steak topped with 40 gallons of Diablo Sauce, 750 lbs of chicken, and 900 lbs of ribs, all cooked over a wood fire grill. Also 700 lbs of house salad, 400 lbs of baked potatoes topped with butter and sour cream, 1,600 coconut shrimp, 160 bloomin’ onions, 1,600 honey wheat dinner rolls, 1,200 lbs of cheese cake, 80 gallons of barbecue sauce and dozens of cases of soda and water.
Tomorrow the teams will visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for a fun day of coasters and animal encounters.
The Outback Bowl will kick-off at 1:00 PM on New Year’s Day in Raymond James Stadium. Tickets to the bowl are available at Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com .