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NCAA NOTES: GRIDIRON GAMES BOOST S.A.; ACC EXPANSION?
Published July 24, 2000
A recent study indicates that two college football games at the Alamodome generated $46.6M "in direct and indirect spending to the local economy" of San Antonio, according to Tim Griffin of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS. UTSA Tourism Research Center conducted the study which claims that "sellout crowds for the Big 12 Championship game and the Sylvania Alamo Bowl attracted more than 89,000 out- of-town visitors to San Antonio and a record combined spending total from the two events." The study showed that bowl-game visitors spent $9.6M directly, while the combined direct and indirect impact was $23.2M. Ticket revenues, membership fees and expenses from the universities and TV network in producing the event brought in an "extra" $3.6M. The Big 12 Championship game had a total economic impact of $19.8M. Meanwhile, "about" 17% of spectators for both games came from the outside of TX and averaged an overnight stay of "4.35 days for the Alamo Bowl, compared to 2.98 days for the Big 12 championship" (EXPRESS-NEWS, 7/22). ACC -- EXPANSION, BOWLS, DISNEY: In FL, Bob Thomas reports that expansion is "no longer a burning issue" around the ACC. ACC Commissioner John Swofford: "(Expansion talk) is still on the stove. It's just on the back burner." Thomas adds in an attempt to "bring an ACC flavor" to FL, the league announced that "men's and women's golf, lacrosse, tennis and track & field championships will be contested" at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando from April 19-22, 2001 (TIMES-UNION, 7/24)....In Charlotte, Gregg Doyel reports that there "has been talk among executives at the MicronPC Bowl of moving the game to Charlotte." The move would be an attempt to boost the game's attendance which "has suffered" in Ft. Lauderdale (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 7/24).