Report: Florida Gators, Miami Hurricanes near deal to open 2019 season in Citrus Bowl

By Adam Silverstein
October 7, 2015

Updated at 5 p.m.

It will have been six years since their last meeting, but it looks like the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes will play football again – in a venue that makes all too much sense for both teams.

Florida and Miami are “close” to signing an agreement that would see the teams open the 2019 season at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi.

Should the deal get signed, it would be the Gators’ second season-opening neutral-site game in three seasons with Florida schedule to take on Michigan in Arlington, Texas, to kick off 2017.

Update – 5 p.m.: Hurricanes athletic director Blake James told the Palm Beach Post that he would not refer to an agreement to play the game as “close,” but he does find terms of a proposed deal – including an equal allotment of tickets and a significant financial package – “attractive” to his program.

Orlando’s Citrus Bowl, which has already agreed to terms with Florida State and Ole Miss for 2016 and Alabama and Louisville for 2018, always made perfect sense as the venue for UF and UM to play their next game.

Not only is the renovated stadium located between both colleges, the neutral-site game will allow the Gators to bring home a substantial check, making it more palatable for the athletic department to give up what would otherwise be a home game.

Miami is 29-26 all-time against Florida with the Canes defeating the Gators in seven of their last eight meetings, most recently in 2013 (21-16). UF’s sole win in the series since 1985 came during its national championship season of 2008 (26-3).


  1. 1974Gator says:

    Did I hear a Cane say “Hotty Toddy”?

  2. 305Gator says:

    Miami was lucky they played the Gators in 2013 a record setting year of futility for us. If they would have played in 2012 we would have won, just like if they would play this season.
    This neutral site game is just fine, 90% of the fans that would show up will be Gators so it should feel like another home game.
    The equal allotment of tickets is a bunch of BS, cane fans will probably scalp those to our fans.
    And does the significant financial package means we will pay Miami just like any other cupcake that comes to the swamp? Or does the Citrus bowl people are the ones that pay?

    • Dave Massey says:

      I don’t know about 90% but at least 70-80% because Canes fans suck. They are the worst fans in college football. They never fill up their own stadium unless they play us or FSU or Notre Dame and that’s because the opposing team is buying up all the tickets, not Cane fans. The reason UM wants us to play down there is because they give us a tiny allotment of tickets and then our fans buy up all their tickets. Personally, I could care less if we ever play them again. They are on the verge of becoming an irrelevant program anyways. Their facilities are awful and they’ll never spend the money to upgrade them.
      The Citrus Bowl will be paying them the money.

      • 305Gator says:

        You got it right. Our fans buy up all their tickets at super inflated prices, we get fleeced. They make as much money out of that one game as they do all season long. It is a gift on our part to grant them this game, we don’t need them at all.

  3. Alex says:

    Certainly a hell of a lot better than the crap games we usually open up with. We should be kicking the crap out the U every year. Bring it back Foley