SOURCE: Amelia Island CVB

Amelia Island CVB

December 08, 2009 10:16 ET

Amelia Island Prepares for Historic Gator Bowl

AMELIA ISLAND, FL--(Marketwire - December 8, 2009) - On New Year's Day, thousands of college football fans will pack the stands to watch the Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles and West Virginia University Mountaineers compete in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. The historic match-up will be the world's last opportunity to see legendary Bobby Bowden in action, as he will retire after the game, marking an end to his 34 record-setting seasons at FSU. Located just 45 minutes away from the stadium, Florida's legendary Amelia Island Florida offers a great home base for fans planning to attend the game.

Many of the island's lodging accommodations are offering discounted specials and packages for the Gator Bowl, including:

Amelia Hotel at the Beach

During the Gator Bowl, the property is offering special rates starting at $109 per night on standard rooms, which include hot breakfast.

Amelia Island Plantation

The property is offering special rates, starting at $149, which includes 50 percent off recreation, including golf, tennis, bikes, and youth programs.

ERA Fernandina Beach Realty

The vacation rental experts at ERA Fernandina Beach Realty are offering rentals at select oceanfront condos at a 20 percent discount during the Gator Bowl.

The Fairbanks House

The property is offering a "Gator Bowl Extender" during the game. For those staying three nights at regular rates, the Fairbanks House will offer a fourth night free.

Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island invites fans to experience a special New Year's Eve package available the night before the Gator Bowl, including three-nights accommodations, admission to the New Year's Eve Celebration, buffet breakfast for two on New Year's Day, late check-out and overnight parking, starting at $1,059.

Summer Beach Resort

Guests visiting during the Gator Bowl can pay for two-nights and get their third night free on two-bedroom units during New Year's weekend.

Several other properties still have availability for the 2010 Gator Bowl. For a full list, please visit

Additionally, the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau will be giving away a three-night trip with two VIP tickets to the Gator Bowl, a stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites, a round of golf at The Golf Club of Amelia Island, and more.

* All offers based on availability. Restrictions apply based on individual property. Please contact property for restrictions and to book.

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