GAME ONE: SOUTH FLORIDA vs. FLORIDA
GAME TWO: CENTRAL FLORIDA vs. FLORIDA STATE
Miami Lakes, Fla. (www.orangebowl.org) – Tickets are now on sale for the 2021 AutoNation Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on Saturday, December 18 at the FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Fla. Game one tips at 1 p.m. ET featuring the South Florida Bulls against the Florida Gators, followed by the Central Florida Knights and the Florida State Seminoles in game two at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The doubleheader, which is the only NCAA Division I basketball to be played in Broward County this year, will be televised in Florida on Bally Sports Sun and available across the country on Bally Sports’ family of regional sports networks.
This marks the first time in the Classic’s 27-year history that all four participating teams are from the state of Florida. In addition, AutoNation will serve as the title sponsor of the event for the first time in Classic history.
This will be the first time that the Gators and Bulls face off since 2002 in which Florida came away with a 68-52 win in Gainesville. The Gators will be making their 22nd appearance in the Classic (17-4) and are fresh off a fourth-straight NCAA Tournament bid. The Bulls will be making their third appearance in the Classic.
The Knights and Seminoles contest is a rematch of last year’s regular season game in Tallahassee in which UCF upset then-ranked No. 15 FSU 86-74, ending the Seminoles’ 27-game home winning streak. Florida State returns to the Classic for the 12th time (9-2) after another thrilling run to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament and a No. 10 finish in the final Coaches Poll of the 2020-21 season. The Knights will be making their second appearance in the Classic.
The AutoNation Orange Bowl Basketball Classic is supported by title sponsor AutoNation and associate sponsors American Airlines, Bally Sports Sun, Dunkin’, FLA Live Arena, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, Miami Herald, Sunshine Health, Tire Kingdom and Toyota.
About Orange Bowl:
Orange Bowl is a 380-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. With its primary mission since being created in 1935 to bring tourism to South Florida through an annual football game and events, it has also maintained a legacy of charitable contributions and community outreach. Orange Bowl community outreach efforts are comprised of four pillars through its Orange Bowl Cares program: Youth Sports, Education, Community Engagement and Legacy Programs. Orange Bowl features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 31, 2021. For more information on the 2021 Orange Bowl events, including promotional inquiries and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread, log on to orangebowl.org or follow @OrangeBowl on social media
About FLA Live Arena:
Home to the Florida Panthers Hockey Club and leading international concerts and events, the Broward County-owned FLA Live Arena is one of the top ranked venues of its kind in the world, servicing Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties and beyond. In 2020, FLA Live Arena became the first National Hockey League building to earn the global benchmark WELL Building Institute (IWBI)’s WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management. For the latest info about upcoming events, visit www.FlaLiveArena.com and follow @FLALiveArena on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.