Georgia Tech Fan Events Set for Gasparilla Bowl

Several celebrations planned for Yellow Jackets faithful in Tampa

FILE – Georgia Tech running back Jamal Haynes (11) runs into the end zone for a touchtown against Boston College during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

THE FLATS – Several events are set for Georgia Tech fans traveling to Tampa, Fla. for next week’s Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl, featuring the Yellow Jackets versus UCF.

Georgia Tech Head Football Coach Brent Key – PHOTO AP Sports

Thursday, Dec. 21 – 4:30-6 p.m.
The Sail Plaza (333 S. Franklin St.)

Show your support for the Yellow Jackets by attending the Gasparilla Bowl Block Party and Pep Rally on Thursday afternoon. Head coach Brent Key and Georgia Tech’s captains will speak at the pep rally, and the Yellow Jacket Marching Band and spirit squads will take on their counterparts from UCF in a battle-of-the-bands-style competition.

Hosted by the Gasparilla Bowl, the Block Party and Pep Rally is free and open to the public.

Friday, Dec. 22 – 3:30-6 p.m.
Raymond James Stadium (Lot D)

Featuring the Gasparilla Bowl krewes (pirates) and their floats, the Fan Invasion includes gameday interactive areas and entertainment for fans of all ages.

The Fan Invasion is free and open to the public.

Friday, Dec. 22 – 4-6 p.m.
Hyundai Club at Raymond James Stadium

The Georgia Tech Alumni Association pregame tailgate is the gathering point for all Tech fans to see old friends and make new ones. The price of admission includes food and soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase (credit card only). Attendees must have a game ticket to access the tailgate (game ticket is not included in the tailgate price of admission).

Tickets for the Georgia Tech Alumni Association pregame tailgate cost $60 for adults and $30 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 are admitted free. Click HERE to register (registration deadline is Monday, Dec. 18).

The 2023 Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. Georgia Tech’s allotment of Gasparilla Bowl tickets is sold out, but tickets can still be purchased directly through the Gasparilla Bowl website at

Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2

Looking to build on the success of last year’s Competitive Drive Initiative, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation and Georgia Tech athletics are partnering once again for Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2. Initially launched on Nov. 7, CDI Turn 2 has reached its initial goal of raising $2.5 million in new gifts to the Alexander-Tharpe Fund’s Athletic Scholarship Fund and has a new goal of raising $3 million in new gifts to the A-T Fund by Dec. 31. Georgia Tech and the Georgia Tech Foundation will match eligible gifts to accelerate the impact for Tech athletics and, like last year, not only will gifts to CDI Turn 2 be matched, but so will the contributor’s benefits in the way of A-T Fund giving levels and priority points. To learn more and contribute online, visit

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