UCF picked to host Hula Bowl in 2022

ORLANDO, Fla. — The University of Central Florida’s Bounce House Stadium will host the upcoming 2022 Hula Bowl.

The game is set for Jan. 15 and will be the ninth NCAA bowl game in Florida during the upcoming college football season.

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Officials said the Hula Bowl, which started in 1946, is a postseason “All Star” bowl game, featuring standout NCAA football players from all divisions and international athletes.

“On behalf of our entire state, I’m proud to welcome the Hula Bowl to Florida,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis in a news release. “Our state continues to attract premier athletic events, which is great news for our economy, Florida families, and the fans who come here from all over the world for world-class experiences.”

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Officials said Florida’s bowl games attract hundreds of thousands of attendees each year, with roughly half being from out of state, generating an economic footprint of more than $380 million and thousands of local jobs.

“The Hula Bowl’s relocation to Florida is fantastic news for our tourism industry and entire state,” said Dana Young, VISIT FLORIDA President and CEO, in a news release. “Florida has served as a role model for tourism’s recovery, and we are thrilled to be hosting one of college football’s premier all-star games in our great state in 2022.”

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Along with the Hula Bowl, Florida will also host the Orange Bowl, Outback Bowl, Cheez-It Bowl, TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, Citrus Bowl, Cure Bowl, Boca Raton Bowl and Gasparilla Bowl.

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