While many spent the holiday at home on New Year’s Day, dedicated college football fans were out in full force at Camping World Stadium in Orlando to watch the Michigan Wolverines and the Alabama Crimson Tide duke it out at the 2020 Vrbo Citrus Bowl. Ultimately, Alabama took home the win, but it was an exciting matchup for fans of both teams who will remember the day for years to come.
Vrbo teamed up with Florida Citrus Sports (FCS) to help fans, football programs and the Florida community come together and make memories in one of Vrbo’s most popular vacation destinations full of family-friendly activities. Here is a recap of some of the most memorable moments of the day below.
The Great Escape
FCS kicked things off before game day with a bowl preview filmed on location at the Great Escape Parkside, a one-of-a-kind 15-bedroom game-themed mansion in the Orlando area with enough room to sleep an entire football team. FCS CEO Steve Hogan and Christian Bruey from WFTV Sports discussed the Alabama-Michigan matchup before exploring the Great Escape Parkside for some friendly competition with the many popular board and arcade games the house has to offer. Guests of the Great Escape Parkside can also enjoy karaoke, two escape rooms, a home theater, water slide and pool.
The Buckley Family
Vrbo teamed up with C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital to invite the Buckley family from Battle Creek, MI, to attend the 2020 Vrbo Citrus Bowl. After donating his own kidney to his daughter, Charlie, Nick Buckley became a passionate advocate for spreading awareness about organ donation. In addition to cheering on the Michigan Wolverines at the game, the Buckleys enjoyed a day out at Walt Disney World and stayed in a Vrbo home in Davenport to relax and enjoy the vacation together.
The Moore Family
Supporting the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Citrus Bowl was the Moore family from Birmingham, AL. Football and Alabama pride run deep with the Moores — mom Tiffany attended the University of Alabama as an undergrad and dad Dwight is a football coach — so Vrbo worked with Make-a-WishⓇ Alabama to send the Moore family to Orlando. The family stayed at a Vrbo home in Kissimmee and celebrated the Alabama win by spending the day at Walt Disney World after the game.
Alice Horn, Vrbo vacation home owner and CEO of VillaKey, performed the coin toss at the Citrus Bowl. Vrbo chose to recognize Horn for her dedication to helping families with autism travel better together by providing autism-friendly vacation homes. Check out some of the VillaKey homes available to book on Vrbo here.