Florida Gators, UCF Knights to invade Treasure Island ahead of Gasparilla Bowl

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GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 03: Florida Gators mascot Albert performs during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The University of Florida Gators and the University of Central Florida Knights will invade the city of Treasure Island ahead of their upcoming bowl game matchup.

The teams will face each other during the annual Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium on Dec. 23.

Two days before the game, football players, coaches and fans will invade Treasure Island to kick off the bowl’s festivities.

The celebration will be on Dec. 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be plenty of games on site along with several food vendors for fans to enjoy.

“The beach event will also include a series of competitions between the football players of both college teams,” Justin Tramble Assistant Parks and Recreation Director said. “The event has been well-received by the residents, businesses and visitors and we look forward to continuing with the growth, especially with the newly incorporated parade down 107th.”

NOTE: The teams’ marching bands were expected to perform at this year’s festivities, but will not be participating due to travel and scheduling issues. This story has been updated.

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