What to expect, how to get there for TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl is back in a big way this year.

After snaring one of the best bowl matchups outside the New Year’s Day Six games, the expected crowd at TIAA Bank Field on Friday is likely to surpass the combined attendance of the previous two games, which had challenges for two different reasons:

  • Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, capacity was limited to around 17,000 for Kentucky’s 23-21 victory over NC State in 2020.
  • When Texas A&M had to opt out last year because of injuries, players leaving early to prepare for the NFL Draft and a rash of positive COVID tests within the program, and Rutgers was an emergency replacement just a week before the game. Because of the short notice and travel difficulties from the Northeast, only 28,508 attended Wake’s 38-10 victory — the lowest since 1954.

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