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  • College Bowls Draw 1.8 Million Fans For 35 Games This Season

    The '10-11 college bowl season drew 1.81 million fans to 35 games, up 2.3% from the total for 34 games last season and 3.1% from '08-09. The games averaged 51,732 fans, down 0.6% from an average of 52,055 last season. Four bowl games set a new attendance record this season: the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Hyundai Sun Bowl, Insight Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. The Meineke Car Care Bowl and Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl set all-time lows. Listed below is a five-year attendance trend for each college bowl game (THE DAILY).

    COLLEGE BOWL GAME ATTENDANCE TREND
    BOWL
    MATCHUP
    '10-11
    '09-10
    '08-09
    '07-08
    '06-07
    Rose Bowl
    TCU-
    Wisconsin
    94,118
    93,963
    93,293
    93,923
    93,852
    Cotton (a)
    LSU-
    Texas A&M
    83,514
    77,928
    88,175
    73,114
    66,777
    BCS
    Championship
    Oregon-
    Auburn
    78,603
    94,906
    78,468
    79,651
    74,628
    Sugar (b) Ohio State-
    Arkansas
    73,879
    65,207
    71,872
    74,383
    77,781
    Chick-fil-A Florida State-
    South Carolina
    72,217
    73,777
    71,423
    74,413
    75,406
    Music City North Carolina-
    Tennessee
    69,143
    57,280
    54,250
    68,661
    68,024
    Gator Mississippi State-
    Michigan
    68,325
    84,129
    67,282
    60,243
    67,714
    Texas Illinois-
    Baylor
    68,211
    69,411
    58,880
    62,097
    52,210
    Fiesta Oklahoma-
    UConn
    67,232
    73,227
    72,047
    70,016
    73,719
    Orange Stanford-
    Virginia Tech
    65,453
    66,131
    57,851
    74,111
    74,470
    Capital One Alabama-
    Michigan State
    61,519
    63,025
    59,681
    69,748
    60,774
    Outback Florida-
    Penn State
    60,574
    49,383
    55,117
    60,121
    65,601
    Holiday Washington-
    Nebraska
    57,921
    64,607
    59,106
    64,020
    62,395
    Alamo Oklahoma State-
    Arizona
    57,593
    64,757
    55,986
    66,166
    65,875
    Sun Notre Dame-
    Miami
    54,021
    53,713
    49,037
    49,867
    48,732
    Insight Iowa-
    Missouri
    53,453
    45,090
    49,103
    48,892
    48,391
    Liberty Central Florida-
    Georgia
    51,231
    62,742
    56,251
    63,816
    56,103
    Champs Sports N.C. State-
    West Virginia
    48,962
    56,747
    52,692
    46,554
    40,168
    Poinsettia San Diego State-
    Navy
    48,049
    32,665
    34,628
    39,120
    29,709
    Maaco Bowl
    Las Vegas
    Boise State-
    Utah
    41,923
    40,018
    40,047
    40,712
    44,615
    BBVA
    Compass (c)
    Pittsburgh-
    Kentucky
    41,207
    45,254
    38,582
    35,258
    28,527
    Meineke Car
    Care
    South Florida-
    Clemson
    41,112
    50,389
    73,712
    53,126
    52,303
    Hawaii Tulsa-
    Hawaii
    41,089
    32,650
    43,487
    30,467
    43,435
    Kraft Fight
    Hunger (d)
    Nevada-
    Boston College
    41,063
    40,121
    42,268
    32,517
    40,184
    TicketCity Texas Tech-
    Northwestern
    40,121
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    Independence Air Force-
    Georgia Tech
    39,362
    49,654
    41,567
    47,043
    45,054
    Pinstripe Classic Syracuse-
    Kansas State
    38,274
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    GoDaddy.com (e) Miami (OH)-
    Middle Tennessee
    38,168
    34,486
    32,816
    36,932
    38,751
    Military Bowl (f) Maryland-
    East Carolina
    38,062
    23,072
    28,777
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    Armed Forces Army-SMU
    36,742
    41,414
    41,127
    44,009
    32,412
    Little Caesar's
    Pizza
    Florida Int'l-
    Toledo
    32,431
    30,311
    41,399
    60,624
    54,113
    New Mexico BYU-
    UTEP
    32,424
    24,898
    24,735
    30,223
    34,111
    New Orleans (g) Troy-
    Ohio
    29,159
    30,228
    30,197
    25,146
    26,423
    Humanitarian Northern Illinois-
    Fresno State
    25,449
    26,726
    26,781
    27,062
    28,652
    St. Petersburg Louisville-
    Southern Miss
    20,017
    29,763
    25,055
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    NOTES: Attendance from prior years included the International Bowl, which ceased after last season. (a) = '10 was first year game was played at Cowboys Stadium after previously being held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. (b) = Due to Hurricane Katrina, the '06 Sugar Bowl was played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (c) = Former PapaJohns.com Bowl. (d) = Former Emerald Bowl. (e) = Former GMAC Bowl. (f) = Former EagleBank Bowl. (g) = Due to Hurricane Katrina, the '05 New Orleans Bowl was played at Cajun Field in Lafayette, La.

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