Thursday November 20th, 2014

Florida State is set to collect a $3.5 million paycheck for its 2016 season-opening game against Ole Miss at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, reports The Orlando Sentinel

The game’s official title is the “Orlando Kickoff Game.” 

The game will be broadcast on ESPN on Sept. 5, 2016, and Florida State will be the designated home team. The report could not confirm how much Ole Miss will be receiving. 

No tickets prices have been set, but each school is required to purchase 30,000 tickets. ESPN will also make 1,000 upper-deck tickets available to Florida State students and two complimentary 20-person suites available to FSU fans, according to the report.

The almost 80-year-old Citrus Bowl recently underwent a $207 million renovation and now seats 65,000 spectators. The venue added a 10,000 square-foot party deck, 6,000 club seats and 33 luxury suites.  

This will be Florida State’s seventh neutral site game in Orlando.

The last time a Southeastern Conference team played at the Citrus Bowl was 1991, when Florida beat Mississippi State 29-7.

The game will mark only the second time the two schools have met.  Ole Miss beat the Seminoles 33-0 in Oxford in 1961.

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