Countdown is on as new-look TaxSlayer Gator Bowl approaches

Attendance capped at 25%; ACC-SEC matchup goes into effect this year

The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in 2020 was one of the most entertaining games in the bowl's history.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The countdown to the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl is on.

The event’s 76th game is getting closer. Teams will be announced in less than three weeks. And tickets for the Jan. 2, 2021 game officially went on sale Tuesday morning.

Of course, the game will look quite a bit different this season due to safety precautions put in place by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will still be televised nationally on ESPN (noon kickoff), but attendance at TIAA Bank Field is capped at 25%. There’s also a big change in who will play in the game.

The 2020 game ended a six-year cycle of matching an SEC team against a team from the ACC, Big Ten or Notre Dame. Now, it’s going to be an SEC team against an ACC team through the 2025 season.

In last season’s event, Tennessee rallied for a 23-22 win over Indiana in one of the most entertaining TaxSlayer Bowl’s in history.

The game drew an impressive crowd, 61,789, for its 7 p.m. kickoff. It was the most-attended TaxSlayer Bowl since 68,325 watched Michigan and Mississippi State in 2011. That boost came after three miserable years of crowds, including a 38,206 number for the 2018 game between Texas A&M and NC State.

Teams for the game will be announced on Dec. 20. Tickets for the game can be purchased here. Prices start at $40 for end zone seats.

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