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Meineke Car Care Bowl Draws Smallest Crowd In Game's History
Published December 28, 2009
|Pitt-UNC Meineke Car Care Bowl Matchup
Draws 50,389 At Bank Of America Stadium
EMPTY FEELING: In Columbus, Mark Znidar noted Marshall Univ. defeated Ohio Univ. 21-17 before an announced crowd of 30,311 at Saturday’s Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field. But the crowd looked to be “approximately half that” (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 12/27). In Detroit, Terry Foster wrote the second deck was “completely empty and many of the concession stands were closed.” The scene “could not have come off well on television,” as there were “too many empty blue seats.” Foster: “You wonder if Little Caesars got any bang for the buck in this deal” (DETNEWS.com, 12/26). The Little Caesars sponsorship is a one-year deal that “will be reviewed by the company after this weekend” (DETROIT NEWS, 12/24).
ATTENDANCE WRAP: In L.A., Gary Klein noted USC’s 24-13 victory over Boston College in Saturday’s Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park drew a “generously announced" crowd of 40,121, enough for a sellout at the converted ballpark. Klein wrote the game “had more of a high school feel than a bowl game” (L.A. TIMES, 12/27)….Clemson Univ.’s 21-13 victory over the Univ. of Kentucky in yesterday’s Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl at LP Field drew 57,280, which was 11,869 short of a sellout (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 12/28)….The Univ. of Utah’s 37-27 win over the Univ. of California in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl drew 32,665 fans at Qualcomm Stadium (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 12/24).