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The following lists tickets distributed as announced by the bowl games on the '97-98 schedule (THE DAILY). In Fort Worth, Wendell Barnhouse wrote: "Lots of fans at this season's bowl games came disguised as empty seats." Of the 21 bowls, four were sellouts: the Rose, Orange, Citrus and Independence. The Sugar Bowl had its second-lowest crowd since moving to the Superdome in '75. The Carquest Bowl "led the way" with 48,732 empty seats, while the inaugural Motor City Bowl had 37,298 empty seats and the Gator Bowl had 22,926 empty seats (FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/3).
BOWLTEAMS ATTENDANCEBOWLTEAMS ATTENDANCE ROSE MICH/WSU101,219 INDEPEN. ND/LSU50,459 FL CITRUS PSU/FLA72,940 LIBERTY PIT/S.MIS50,209 ORANGE NEB/TEN72,385 INSIGHT AZ/UNM49,385 PEACH CLEM/AUB71,212 SUN ASU/IOWA49,104 FIESTA KSU/SYR69,367 ALOHA MSU/WASH44,598 SUGAR FSU/OSU67,289 M. CITY MAR/MIS43,340 COTTON TA&M/UCLA59,215 HERITAGE SC ST/SOU32,692 OUTBACK UGA/WIS56,186 CARQUEST G TECH/WVA28,262 ALAMO OK ST/PUR55,552 L. VEGAS AIR/ORE21,514 GATOR UNC/V TECH54,116 HUMANIT. UT ST/CIN16,131 HOLIDAY MO/COL ST50,761