Bowl game events begin at Citrus Bowl

Russell Athletic Bowl, Capital One Bowl to bring thousands to Orlando

Published On: Dec 27 2012 01:15:36 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 28 2012 08:15:00 PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Thousands of fans will flock to Orlando over the weekend for the two big college football bowl games.

The Russell Athletic Bowl, formerly known as the Champs Sports Bowl, has Rutgers facing Virginia Tech on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Georgia will play Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on New Years Day at 1 p.m.

But the games aren't the only events going on for the holiday weekend. A parade will be held in Winter Park at 11 a.m. where fans, mascots and marching bands will go through downtown Winter Park and end at Central Park. The official tailgate party will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the McCraken field at the stadium.

The Citrus Parade will also be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Lake Eola Park.

Fans told Local 6 they're excited for their teams to battle it out in the Sunshine State.

"This is a really great location and we're excited to be here," said Virginia Tech fan Stuart Lane.

The bowl games also give Orlando one last boost for the local economy in 2012, as thousands eat, shop and buy souvenirs.

"Since a lot of us are going to be making side trips they'll be some money being spent eating out and doing stuff like that," said Larry Ramsey.

The Florida Department of Transportation is preparing for heavy traffic to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando over the New Years holiday weekend because of the Russell Athletic Bowl and the Capital One Bowl.

FDOT encourages travelers heading to or around the Citrus Bowl to use the 511 Traveler Information System before hitting the road to stay up-to-date on crashes, congestion, construction and more.

The worst roads to see back ups are expected to be the State Road 408 and Interstate 4 interchange.

For more information on the Citrus Bowl events, click here.

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