UCF and USF on Sunday unveiled the War On I-4 trophy, which will be presented annually to the winner of the rivalry football game between two of the nation’s largest universities. It will be presented for the first time beginning with Saturday’s noon kickoff at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
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Representatives from both universities took part in the design, which features an Orlando-UCF and Tampa-Bull lasered etching on one side and another of the interstate road sign design.
“Jointly designed by representatives from each university and manufactured by Levy Marketing Awards in Tampa, the traveling trophy measures 4-foot-3-inches and weighs 160 pounds with a detachable, pewter replica of the iconic I-4 road sign,” Associate Athletics Director Andy Seeley told media. “The two different sides of the road sign are emblazoned with ‘Orlando’ and ‘Tampa,’ representing the metropolitan areas that together form the fourth largest media market in the nation and are connected by 100 short miles of Florida Interstate I-4.”
The top portion of the trophy is detachable and can be carried by the game winners. The bottom portion (etched as a football field with a keyhole) will act as a base for the trophy when it will sit at the winning university.
The “War On I-4” originally belonged to the AFL’s Orlando Predators and Tampa Bay Storm, although an internal collapse relinquished that title.
In September, both universities officially recognized the War On I-4 to be the named tradition between UCF Athletics and USF Athletics. Prior to the adopting, fans used the title to bring tradition into the matchups. As of now, UCF takes the lead 15-9.
The winning team of the War On I-4 will brandish the season-long trophy for a year – until the next War On I-4 begins in Fall 2017. The winner will be presented the overall War On I-4 trophy when the last scored competition is complete in the Spring semester.
Visit www.war-on-i4.com to see point breakdowns and updates.