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St. Petersburg Bowl
St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef 'O' Brady's
Stadium Tropicana Field
Location St. Petersburg, Florida
Operated 2008-present
Conference Tie-ins Big East;
Sun Belt (alternate)
Payout US$$1 million
magicJack (2008)
Beef O'Brady's (2009 - 2010)
Former names
magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl (2008)
St. Petersburg Bowl (2009)
2008 Matchup
South Florida vs. Memphis (USF 41-14)
2009 Matchup
Rutgers vs. UCF (RUT 45-24)

The St. Petersburg Bowl is a NCAA Division I FBS college football bowl game played annually at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was first played following the 2008 college football season, when it was known as the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl after corporate sponsor magicJack. When Beef O'Brady's became the sponsor in 2009, the official name was changed to the St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef 'O' Brady's. The bowl game features teams from the Big East Conference and Conference USA, unless one of the conferences does not have enough teams bowl eligible, in which case the Sun Belt Conference is eligible to send a team.



The NCAA's Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee approved the bowl on April 30, 2008, along with the Washington, DC-based EagleBank Bowl, allowing the committee that had proposed the game to host it after the 2008 college football season.[1] On November 25, 2008, ESPN Regional Television, the games owner, announced a one-year title sponsorship agreement with magicJack.[2]

The inaugural game was played on Dec 20, 2008, between the South Florida Bulls and Memphis Tigers, with the USF Bulls winning by a score of 41-14. USF Quarterback Matt Grothe was named Most Outstanding Player, after throwing for 236 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 83 yards on 15 carries.

Both the UCF Knights and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights accepted bids to play in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl on December 19, 2009. On December 9, 2009, the bowl's name was changed to the St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef O'Brady's after the restaurant chain obtained a title sponsorship.[3] In the second St. Petersburg Bowl, Rutgers defeated Central Florida 45-24.


Tropicana Field

Since Tropicana Field was originally designed for baseball, the football gridiron is arranged along the right field line, from home plate to the foul pole. If the new Rays Ballpark is approved and built on the site of Progress Energy Park (née Al Lang Stadium), the game will move there as well.[4] The game will be the second to take place in a baseball-only stadium among current post-season football contests; the other is the Emerald Bowl at San Francisco's AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. Between 2000 and 2005, the Insight Bowl was played at the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field (née Bank One Ballpark) in Phoenix, Arizona after being moved from Tucson, while the 2001 Seattle Bowl was played at Safeco Field while Qwest Field was being built on the site of the Kingdome. Original plans had the EagleBank Bowl in Washington being played at Nationals Park, but the game has been played at RFK Stadium instead.

Game results

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team Notes
December 20, 2008 South Florida 41 Memphis 14 Notes
December 19, 2009 Rutgers 45 UCF 24 Notes


Year MVP(s) Team Position
2008 Matt Grothe USF QB
2009 Mohamed Sanu Rutgers WR

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Rutgers 1 1-0
T1 South Florida 1 1-0
T1 Memphis 1 0-1
T1 UCF 1 0-1


  1. ^ NCAA committee approves 34 football bowl games The Associated Press, April 30, 2008. Accessed April 30, 2008.
  2. ^ "No longer St. Pete Bowl" from Tampa Tribune, 2008-11-25, retrieved 2008-12-02
  3. ^ *"Beef O Brady's Sponsorship Press Release" 2009-12-09, retrieved 2009-12-13
  4. ^ "NCAA approves St. Petersburg Bowl" from St. Petersburg Times, 2008-05-01, retrieved 2008-05-12

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