Welcome Hawkeye Fans to the University of Iowa 2019 Official Outback Bowl Tour!

To ensure that all goes smoothly, please read the following tour information carefully as it will provide valuable information about your trip. Please remember to visit the UI/Travel Leaders Hospitality Desk at The Marriott Waterside Tampa Bay daily for any tour updates. Thank you for traveling with us and we look forward to seeing you in Florida!
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Distributed at the hotel
  • Tour Credential, Lanyard, and Ticket Holder
  • Game Tickets (For Land Packages; Air Packages will receive their tickets at the airport)
  • Official University of Iowa Bowl Tour Souvenirs
Official tour credential
Your tour credentials will be distributed in Tampa at the UI/Travel Leaders Hospitality Desk in the Marriott. To help our tour hosts identify you as part of the UI Official Outback Bowl Tour, we require you to wear your official tour credential (name badge) for all Bowl Tour related events, including game day transportation.

Game tickets
If you purchased game tickets as part of the Charter Air Package, they will be distributed at the airport at the UI check-in area prior to your departure. If you purchased a Land-only Package and game tickets are part of your package, they will be distributed at the hotel at the UI/Travel Leaders Hospitality Desk. You will be required to show photo ID for game ticket pick-up. Please keep your game tickets in a secure location until you board the motorcoach the day of the game.
Know before you go
In December and early January, the daily high temperatures in Tampa can range from the mid-60s to upper 70s, while evening temperatures are typically in the low-50s.

There is no specific dress code for any of the program inclusions.  If you are making dinner reservations or have plans for New Year’s Eve, you may want to ask about restaurant or event dress codes, but for the most part casual attire is just fine. 

Meals are not included in your package price. When planning meals, please allow enough time to be on time for scheduled group departures.

Charter Air Packages
Flight Information
Departure from Eastern Iowa Airport-Cedar Rapids (CID)
Check-in Location: Main Terminal. Look for UI/Travel Leaders "Official Outback Bowl Tour" signs. Travel Leaders Destinations Unlimited staff will be available to assist you.

Check-in Time: We recommend that you check-in at the ticket counter 1 and 1/2 hours prior to departure time to allow enough time to go through TSA screening.

Eastern Iowa Airport-Cedar Rapids Airport Parking
There are two lots: Short-term and Long-term; however, there is no specific time limit for either lot. Short-term parking spots are closer to the terminal entrance and cost $12 per day. Long-term parking spots are farther from the terminal entrance and cost $7 per day. Credit and debit cards are acceptable forms of payment.

Park and Fly Package Opportunity: The Country Inn & Suites close to The Eastern Iowa Airport is offering our group a special park and fly rate. One night’s accommodations, shuttle to the airport and parking for up to 7 days is $99 plus tax.  Airport shuttle service is from 4 am to 11 pm daily on a demand basis. It can be arranged at check in or by calling the hotel for pick up. To make these arrangements, please email Tricia Manning  ( [email protected]) or call (319) 351-4510.

To ensure proper handling of your baggage, please adhere to the following instructions:
  1. Make sure you have a valid form of ID on your bags complete with your name, address and cell phone number.
  2. Limit yourself to one (1) checked bag and one (1) carry-on item and one (1) small, personal item that must fit in the overhead compartment or beneath the seat. Southwest Airlines limits carry-on bag dimensions to 10 x 16 x 24 inches (includes handles and wheels). Personal-type items include purses, briefcases, cameras, and laptops (case included) and must fit within the 18.5 x 8.5 x 13.5 inch dimensions. Standard checked bag allowance is a total of 62 inches (Length + Width + Height) and must weigh no more than 50 lbs.   Be sure to keep all necessary medications with you.
Airport Check-in
No airline ticket accompanies this itinerary.  Please arrive at the airport one-and-a-half (1 and 1/2) hours prior to departure to allow enough time to check-in and go through the TSA lines.  If parking at the airport, please allow extra time.

Upon arrival at the airport, look for UI/Travel Leaders tour signs and staff to assist you with check-in. 

Once you check in, you will receive your boarding pass. A government-issued photo ID (federal, state or local) is required. Travelers may be asked to show this ID at subsequent points, such as TSA screening, along with boarding passes. Children under the age of 16 do not need to present ID. Note: Charter flights will have meal service appropriate to the time of day, along with complimentary soft drinks. Beer, wine and liquor will be available for purchase (credit or debit card only).

Please verify that the name(s) listed on your confirmation matches the name(s) on your photo ID.
Arrival in Tampa
Upon arrival, you will be met by staff who will assist you in boarding your private motorcoach to the Marriott.

Once at the Marriott, you will be directed to the UI/Travel Leaders Hospitality Desk to pick up your room key. Although you have been pre-registered at the hotel, you must present your credit or debit card to the front desk to guarantee any incidental charges (phone calls, room service, etc.). Please note that if you use a debit card, the hotel may place a temporary hold on your account for the duration of your stay. Most holds fall off 3-10 business days after your check-out date.

Checked luggage will be delivered to your hotel room after you receive your room key. Plan on at least two to three hours for luggage delivery. You do not need to be present in your room for luggage delivery Since all porterage and baggage handling gratuities are included in your package price, it is not necessary to tip the bell staff. If someone else’s baggage is mistakenly placed in your room, please contact the bell desk of the hotel immediately. If your arrival occurs prior to 4:00 pm, your room may not be ready. In this case, your luggage will be stored in a secure location and will be delivered to your room after you receive your key.   

Land-only Packages
For those not flying on the UI/Travel Leaders charter flight, the tour will begin upon your arrival at the hotel. Please note the check-in times listed for the hotel. Land-only participants who arrive via commercial flights are responsible for their own transportation to The Marriott Waterside.
Tampa International Airport
The hotel is 6 miles SE of Tampa International Airport.  Approximate taxi fare one way is $25.  Blue One Transportation is $15 per person one way – reservations required.  (  / phone  813-282-7351)

Directions to the hotel:
Follow Interstate 275 North for six miles to downtown exit 44. Take the Ashley Drive ramp toward Tampa Street. Make a slight right turn merging onto North Ashley Drive. Turn left onto East Whiting Street, right onto South Franklin Street and left onto Old Water Street. The hotel is immediately on the right. 
For ground transportation options from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) visit and select the Ground Transportation tab.
Directions to the hotel:
Follow Interstate 275 North to downtown exit 44. Take the Ashley Drive ramp toward Tampa Street. Make a slight right turn merging onto North Ashley Drive. Turn left onto East Whiting Street, right onto South Franklin Street and left onto Old Water Street. The hotel is immediately on the right.

 Upon hotel arrival, please proceed to the front desk where you will check-in and receive your room key.  Your room and tax have been pre-paid; however, you will be required to present a credit card for incidentals (ie. room service, parking, etc.). Once you have checked-in, stop by the UI/Travel Leaders Hospitality Desk at your convenience to pick up your tour credential and souvenir.
If you arrive prior to hotel check-in time (4:00 pm), your room may not be ready. You may, however, check your bags with the bell staff until your room becomes available.

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina 
700 S Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
​(813) 221-4900

Check-in: 4:00 pm | Check-out: 12:00 pm

Valet Parking: $28 plus tax per night
Self Parking:  Check with hotel for options off site
On-site Dining
Waterside Grill
American fare
Fresh seafood, perfectly cooked steaks, decadent desserts and tempting cocktails
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Dress code: Casual
Phone 813-221-4900

Savor American favorites in our Tampa restaurant's relaxed setting, perfect for indoor or outdoor dining on a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner. Our waterfront restaurant is accessible from the Tampa Riverwalk and serves regional favorites with a house-smoked twist.
Breakfast Menu
6:30 am - 11:00 am
Lunch Menu
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Dinner Menu
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Greatroom & Patio
Perfect for meeting friends or relaxing. Order shared plates or light bites while listening to live music on the waterfront patio.
Dress code: Casual
Phone 813-221-4900

Our 5 | 10 | 20 menu is served in the Greatroom & Patio throughout the day and is infused with house-smoked signature items and accented by herbs and produce.  Choose between items that arrive at your table within 5, 10 or 20 minutes so you can recharge without slowing down.

Innovative cocktails, craft beer and tasty bites can be enjoyed in the distinct seating areas throughout.  Choose from our 5-minute snacks for instant gratification, fast and fashionable items ready to share in 10 minutes or flatbreads and casual entrees when you have a little more time on your hands.

For tempting pastry at Starbucks®. It's also a great place to grab a sandwich before heading out to explore downtown.
Dress code: Casual
Phone: 813-221-4900

In-Room Dining
24 room sevice is available
Nearby Dining
Jackson's Bistro
(601 S Harbour Island Blvd.  -  .9 Miles)
Jackson's Bistro offers spectacular water views and food, including sushi and seasonal entrees.
Open for lunch and dinner.
Dress code: Casual
Phone 813-277-0112

American Social  
(601 S Harbour Island Blvd.  -  .9 Miles)
A waterfront property serving All American Comfort Food and local craft beers.
Open for brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks.
Dress code: Casual
Phone: 813-285-7757

Hattricks Tavern 
(107 S. Franklin Street  -  .4 Miles)
Sports bar serving traditional pub fare, signature dishes and local and craft beer.
Open for lunch and dinner.
Dress code: Casual 
Phone: 813-225-4288
Spain Restaurant and Toma Bar
(513 Tampa Street  -  .7 Miles)
Spain Restaurant and Toma Bar offers delectable Galician cuisine in a modern, Mediterranean atmosphere.
Open for breakfast and lunch.
Dress code: Casual 
Phone: 813-223-2831

Malio's Prime Steakhouse
(400 N Ashley Drive  -  .7 Miles)
Malio's Prime Steakhouse features a variety of delicious salads, sandwiches and lunch entrees, as well as great happy hour deals.
Open for lunch and dinner.
Dress code: Dress Jeans
Phone: 813-223-7746

Columbia Café
(801 Old Water Street #1905  -  .3 Miles)
Columbia Cafe is the perfect spot to enjoy lunch or dinner by the waterfront and to listen to live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Open for lunch and dinner.
Dress code: Smart Casual
Phone: 813-229-5511

Mise En Place Restaurant
(442 West Grand Central Avenue  -  1 Mile)
Mise En Place Restaurant, a premier restaurant in Tampa, offers modern American cuisine and an exceptional, passionate staff.
Open for lunch and dinner.  
Dress code: Dress Jeans 
Phone: 813-254-5373

Bern's Steak House
(1208 South Howard Avenue  -  3 miles)
Go on a gastronomic adventure at Bern's Steak House, where you will find locally-grown vegetables and prime steaks.
Open for dinner.
Dress code: Shirt/Slacks Required
Phone: 813-251-2421

Daily Itinerary
all times are Eastern

Saturday, December 29

9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Hospitality Desk Open
UI/Travel Leaders Hospitality Desk will be staffed on the Lobby Level. Please plan to stop by to receive your tour credentials and souvenirs.
Flight arrival    
Southwest flight 8138 arrives in Tampa
9:30 am
Enjoy your free day
TECO Line Streetcar
With a convenient station located just outside the Tampa Marriott Waterside, the FREE Historic Teco Streetcar serves Downtown Tampa, Sparkman Wharf, and Ybor City.
Streetcar Maps
Streetcar Schedule

Sunday, December 30

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Hospitality Desk Open
UI/Travel Leaders Hospitality Desk will be staffed on the Lobby Level. Please plan to stop by to receive your tour credentials and souvenirs and to check for any updates.
11:30 am
Flight arrival
Southwest flight 8139 arrives in Tampa
Official Tour Welcome Party with Gary Dolphin & Ed Podolak
Join us for a Welcome Party at Splitsville, which is located at Sparkman Wharf, just a few blocks from our hotel. Dave Gallagher, the party voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes, will serve as emcee and DJ for the event and we will conclude with a broadcast and question/answer session at 7:30 p.m. with Gary Dolphin & Ed Podolak. Free Admission is included for all Official Tour travelers with your name badge. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase
5:00 pm
Enjoy your day in Florida

Monday, December 31

8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Hospitality Desk Open
UI/Travel Leaders Hospitality Desk will be staffed on the Lobby Level. Please plan to stop by and check for any updates.
Hawkeye Huddle
Hawkeye Huddle at Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Drive. (Hosted by the National I-Club)
Join fellow Hawkeye fans in celebrating the upcoming clash with the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the 2019 Outback Bowl. Herky, the Iowa Spirit squad, and the Hawkeye Marching Band will attend.
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
New Year's Eve Parade and Band Blast
Along Seventh Avenue in Ybor City
(No coolers, glass containers or open alcohol are allowed along the streets)
Enjoy a New Year's Eve parade featuring the Hawkeye Marching Band, floats, and more. Following the parade, join your fellow Hawkeye fans for a pep rally.
Free transportation to Ybor City is available on the TECO Streetcar.
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Enjoy your free day in Tampa

Tuesday, January 1

8:00 am - 8:45 am
Hospitality Desk Open
UI/Travel Leaders Hospitality Desk will be staffed on the Lobby Level. Please plan to stop by for any updates and to get Departure day information.
Game Departure
Motorcoaches depart for Raymond James Stadium.  You may not be returning on the same motorcoach after the game.  Please DO NOT leave items on the motorcoach when you disembark for the game.
9:15 am
Hawkeye Tailgate
Concourse D
University of Iowa party voice Dave Gallagher will be DJ and MC for this event. Admission with your tour name badge.  Beer, wine and mixed drinks will be available for purchase. 
9:30 am - 11:00 am
10:30 am
Gates open at Raymond James Stadium
12:00 noon
2019 Outback Bowl
Iowa Hawkeyes vs Mississippi State Bulldogs
Go Hawks!!!

Following the game
Return to Hotel 
Immediately following the trophy ceremony, motorcoaches will depart the stadium returning to the Marriott Waterside.  Look for the University of Iowa Official 2019 Outback Bowl Tour signs to help direct you to the motorcoaches.  Motorcoaches will “load and go” after the game.  The last motorcoach will depart an hour after the game is over.

Wednesday, January 2

Charter Air Packages
Please refer to the departure information posted at the UI/Travel Leaders Hospitality Desk for departure times. Report to the lobby with your luggage.  If you would like bell staff assistance, please call ½ hour before you want to leave your room or arrange it the night before.  NO TIPPING is necessary.  All participants must settle incidental charges directly with the hotel front desk before boarding the motorcoach to the airport.  Have a safe trip home !
Land-only Packages
12:00 pm
Hotel Check-out
Be sure to check out and pay all incidental charges by noon. Have a safe trip home!​  

UI/Travel Leaders Hospitality Desk
 The UI/Travel Leaders Hospitality Desk will be staffed during dedicated hours throughout your stay (see below) to provide assistance.  Please check the notice board daily for any updates.
Hours (times listed in EST):
Saturday, December 29           9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 30              8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, December 31             8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, January 1                    8:00 am – 8:45 am
Wednesday January 2             TBD

Raymond James Stadium
seating capacity: 65,890

Bag Policy  
A clear bag and metal detection screening policy is now in effect for all events held at Raymond James Stadium. To expedite the screening process, below are a few recommended guidelines:
  • Empty pockets of cell phones and any large metal objects as you enter the inspection area
  • Unzip and open coats, jackets, blankets and approved clear bags as you enter the inspection area
  • See below for clear bag policy information
All stadium events: All bags are subject to search upon entry and are subject to additional searches within the stadium.

Allowed Items
  • Ponchos if worn, carried over the arm, or in original sealed clear package
  • Blankets and/or towels if unrolled or unfolded
  • Small, handheld radios or TVs with earphones
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen lotion (no aerosol or spray bottles)
  • Banners and/or flags without sticks or poles
  • Empty spray bottles
  • Laptops/tablets
  • Canes, Walkers and Wheelchairs

Prohibited Items
For the comfort and safety of everyone, the following are prohibited from entering the stadium:
  • Aerosol or spray bottles of sunscreen
  • Any item that could be used as a missile
  • Backpacks, duffel bags or large bags
  • Bags/Cases not approved in accordance with the clear bag policy
  • Cameras longer than 12 inches (includes body, lens and filter) * Policies may vary per event without notice
  • Camera Bags/Binocular cases
  • Cans/Bottles
  • Coolers
  • Fanny Packs
  • Fireworks
  • Food/Drinks
  • Glass
  • Horns/Lasers/Artificial Noisemakers
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Pets (Service animals are permitted)
  • Recreational Balls
  • Seat Cushions
  • Sticks/Poles/Camera/“Selfie” Sticks/Extenders or Gimbals
  • Strollers
  • Umbrellas
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems & Radio Controlled Model Aircraft/Drones (strictly prohibited on stadium property including parking lots, stadium exterior and inside the stadium)
  • Video Cameras/GoPros
  • Weapons