Hallelujah, Hula Bowl is back in Orlando — maybe permanently | Commentary

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Break out the celebratory leis and crank up some Don Ho singing “Tiny Bubbles” because the Hula Bowl not only is coming back to Orlando for a second consecutive year in January, it likely is moving here permanently.


A source close to the storied college football all-star game told me Wednesday that if this year’s Hula Bowl goes well, organizers are eager to move the game to the City Beautiful on a permanent basis. This year’s game will be played Saturday, Jan. 14, at FBC Mortgage Stadium on UCF’s campus with a noon kickoff on CBSSports network.

The Hula Bowl has been played since 1946 and is considered one of the premier all-star games in the country with such esteemed alumni as Tom Brady, Deion Sanders, Drew Brees, Dan Marino, Steve Spurrier and hundreds of others. Last year’s Hula Bowl, of course, featured McKenzie Milton playing his last college football game at the stadium where he became a UCF legend.


Steve Spurrier played in the Hula Bowl after winning the 1966 Heisman Trophy. (Associated Press)

The festivities during this year’s Hula Bowl week include a celebrity golf tournament and a Hall of Fame banquet that will feature a number of inductees, including another UCF legend — wide receiving great Brandon Marshall.

If the game indeed is moved to Central Florida permanently, there’s no word yet on if it will still be called…

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