Media credentials for the 2018 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl are issued for working media only. Media agencies credentialed throughout the year at both universities receive priority status. Subject to limitations, the remainder of the requests will be honored in priority order from sports editors of DAILY newspapers and television sports directors in the local/national media followed by weekly publications and radio stations attending the game in a working capacity.
Due to limited space and to ensure compliance with NCAA guidelines, no credentials will be issued to either “free-lance” writers or photographers without a specific assignment received in writing by the assigning organization.
Requesting media credentials will be done online using the Sports Systems Online Credentialing website beginning in November. Scroll to the top of this page and click the ‘Register for Credentials’ button to get started.
Please do not apply for credentials unless you are certain you will be covering the event. Space is limited and credentials will be granted on the priority basis as listed above.
Press Box passes are good only for a reserved seat in the Press Box. It will not permit you access to any other part of the stadium, except at the end of the game when you will be allowed on field access for the awards presentation and the interview room adjacent to the team locker room.
Photo credentials will be issued only to accredited photographers and videographers on assignment for a recognized news organization or sports publication or authorized by the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. No freelance photographers will be granted credentials. Photo credentials grant access to the Press Box. Under NCAA rules, photographers/videographers are not allowed between the 25-yard lines and must remain outside the restraining lines surrounding the playing field. All field photographers and videographers must obtain a photo armband on game day which will allow access to pre-approved shooting lanes.
No online service will be allowed “real time” transmission of the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. Only contractual rights-fee paying media will be allowed “real time” transmission during the event. “Real Time” is defined as any online media providing live continual play-by-play coverage of an event. Other than the official website of ESPN, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and each participating institution, representatives staffing websites shall be accredited for credentials to the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl on the following guidelines:
One credential may be assigned to a website that is affiliated with a national media of another form (i.e., network, newspaper, etc.). No credentials will be granted for Internet-only outlets unless they are affiliated with a regional or national news-gathering organization.
Approved media requests made by noon on December 14 will be mailed by standard U.S. mail. Requests made after that time or if an agency would like to receive game day credentials via FedEx or UPS must provide a billing number.
GameDay credentials can also be picked up at the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl office located adjacent to the East Touchdown Club at TIAA Bank Field (enter Lot C). Game credentials not picked up during game week will be available Game Day on December 31 at Media Will Call, TIAA Bank Field, Gate 1.
Media Will Call Schedule:
December 27-29: TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Office from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December 30: TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Office from 9 a.m. – Noon
December 31: Media Will Call opens at 4:00 p.m.
GameDay credentials not picked up at the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl office can be obtained at Media Will Call, TIAA Bank Field, and Gate 1 on game day, December 31. Media will be subject to bag checks prior to entry to the stadium.
Members of the media should request parking passes at the time of their media credential request.