The 15th edition of the game will be played at Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Fla. (May 31, 2023) – The Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl will be played at Raymond James Stadium on Friday, December 22, at 6:30 pm. Owned and operated by ESPN Events, the game will air on ESPN and will welcome two teams from among the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), American Athletic Conference (AAC), Big 12, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference (MAC), Mountain West, Pacific 12 Conference (Pac-12), and independent programs, Brigham Young University and Army.
“We’re thrilled to announce the return of the Gasparilla Bowl, which has become a beloved tradition for football fans here in Tampa,” said executive director Scott Glaser. “We’re looking forward to another fantastic year of thrilling competition and exciting moments on and off the field for the student-athletes, coaches and fans.”
Last year’s Gasparilla Bowl was the most-viewed pre-Christmas Bowl matchup. Wake Forest’s 27-17 victory against Missouri drew a strong audience with more than 3.5 million people tuning in to the primetime matchup on ESPN. The game was the top program during its telecast window and ranked in the top-5 in viewership among all non-New Year’s Six bowls. A highlight for both visiting teams and college football fans, the 2023 edition of the Bowl will once again feature a coveted time slot and will be the only game played that night.
With the game occurring during Christmas week, local businesses and fan groups have a unique opportunity to host holiday parties or family gatherings, including pre-game tailgates and stadium seating options.
Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl ticket information will be announced later this fall. Additional game information is available at gasparillabowl.com.
About ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of collegiate sporting events nationwide. In 2023, the 32-event schedule includes four early-season college football kickoff games, 17 college bowl games, nine college basketball events, and a college softball event, in addition to a new a college gymnastics event coming in 2024. Collectively, these events account for over 400 hours of live programming on ESPN platforms, while reaching 60 million viewers and attracting more than 650,000 annual attendees. Each year, the portfolio of events features more than 20 Division I conferences and hosts over 4,000 participating student-athletes. With satellite offices in more than 10 cities across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans. For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.
About Union Home Mortgage
Union Home Mortgage Corp. (UHM) is a high-growth, full-service retail, wholesale and consumer direct independent mortgage banking company with over 150 branches across the U.S. For 7 consecutive years, UHM has been awarded a Top Workplace. With a world-class culture that stands out in the mortgage industry, UHM Partners (employees) are guided by a Code of Conduct that emphasizes respect, open communication and accountability. UHM is an approved direct lender of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA, USDA and other conforming and non-QM loan products, with over $13 billion in responsible lending per year.