Join us in sunny Tampa, FL to celebrate the Hawkeyes return to the Outback Bowl on Monday, Dec. 31 from 12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Tippie alumni and friends will gather with Dean Sarah Gardial at the Florida Aquarium for a full lunch buffet and drinks. We look forward to you celebrating with us!

We are excited to offer you entry to this exclusive event for $20 a person. Your registration gets you the following:

  • Access to full lunch buffet which includes pulled chicken, bratwurst, baked beans, cornbread, mac&cheese, coleslaw, cookies, brownies, lemonade, ice tea, and water. 
  • Guests 21+ will receive 2 drink tickets for the bar with their registration.
  • All day access to The Florida Aquarium (regular entry fees to the aquarium start at $28.20)
    • Your name and guest count will be provided to the Aquarium and you will be provided wrist bands for entry to the lunch event should you choose to visit the aquarium prior to our lunch event.
  • Within walking distance to the traditional Hawkeye Huddle event presented by UI Athletics. 
  • And a special visit from a Penguin Animal Ambassador from 1:00 - 1:20 p.m. 

Event information:

  • Date: Monday, Dec. 31
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
  • The Hawkeye Huddle starts at 3 p.m. and is just minutes from the Aquarium at Sparkman Wharf at 615 Channelside Drive.

Register is closed. However, a few spots may remain available. Email Barbara Thomas to inquire. 

See you in Florida! Go Hawks!

Other Outback Bowl Events 

Clearwater Beach Day: Sunday, December 30 from 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 400 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach. Before the two teams go head-to-head at the Outback Bowl, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Mississippi State Bulldogs, along with their cheerleaders and bands, participate in a number of competitions at the Hilton Clearwater Beach. Each band performs, cheerleaders compete in a tug-o-war and the players eat pie! Free to the public. 

The Hawkeye Huddle: Monday, December 31 from 3 - 5 p.m. at Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Drive. Hosted by the National I-Club, this pep rally welcomes all Hawkeye fans. The Hawkeye Marching Band will perform at approximately 3:30 p.m. 

New Year's Eve Parade and Band Blast: Monday, December 31 at 5:30 p.m. on Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. The parade features floats and approximately 15 marching bands. The Pep Rally features a battle of the bands and cheereleaders from both schools. 

Pre-game Bowl Bash: Tuesday, January 1 starting at 9:00 a.m. outside of Raymond James Stadium between Gates C and D on Tampa Bay Blvd. Get into the spirit with live music, a pep rally, and displays from different vendors and Florida attractions. Food and refreshments are available for purchase. 

The Outback Bowl: Tuesday, January 1. The Iowa Hawkeyes take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Raymond James Stadium. Kick off is at 12:00 noon. Still need tickets? Visit or StubHub to purchase tickets. The Iowa sideline is the west side of the stadium. The Iowa ticket block is in the southwest area of the stadium: sections 126-115 and 220-215. 

Pre-game and Halftime Shows: The Pre-game show starts at 11:20 a.m. and will include performances by numerous marching bands and a flyover. The Coca-Cola Halftime show is slated to feature more than 3,500 performers.