Welcome, Orange Bowl visitors A football fan’s guide to eating, drinking and Hamiltoning in South Florida
The 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl brings players and fans from the University of Alabama and the University of Oklahoma to South Florida this week for a Dec. 29 showdown at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Both teams not only wear red, they both call their dominant team color crimson. In some parts of the country that would create confusion, but not here. We know the difference between you Alabama fans and Oklahoma fans. Better yet, we understand you.
I mean, are there two other border-sharing states besides Florida and Alabama that could have spawned the cultural spectacle of MTV’s “Floribama Shore”? Now, we get that in the 1700s the western Florida Panhandle may (or may not) have been stolen from Alabama, possibly a sore subject for Crimson Tide devotees. But we kind of feel like Lynyrd Skynyrd, a Florida band, giving you “Sweet Home Alabama” settled the score.
And Sooner fans, you will not have to look around here very long before you find someone who shares your animosity for Nick Saban. Hating the former Miami Dolphins short-timer is something of a religion in South Florida. You may think we’re mispronouncing his last name when we substitute a “t” for the “b.” No mistake. That’s how we say it.
In the spirit of all that we have in common, here are some things to know about Orange Bowl festivities, plus places to meet, eat, drink and listen to some music near hotels in Miami, Miami Beach and Fort LauderdaleHollywood. No one goes home until a Sooner sings “Sweet Home Alabama” and a ‘Bama fan does (Tulsa native) Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places.”
At the game
The Capital One Orange Bowl is 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens. The game is a sell-out, with Ticketmaster Verified Resale tickets