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Drop In Bowl Attendance Raises Questions About Number Of Games Played
Published December 31, 2012
FROZEN ORANGES: In Ft. Lauderdale, Dieter Kurtenbach reported demand for Discover Orange Bowl tickets is "dangerously close to an all-time low, and it doesn't look like the market will become any better." The game features one "in-state school in Florida State, which is good for Orange Bowl ticket values, but the inclusion of Mid American Conference school Northern Illinois ... has relegated the Orange Bowl to a lower-interest tier of games." The Orange Bowl claims that there are "only 1,000 tickets remaining for the game." But with demand on the secondary market "so low, thousands of tickets are floating around, many purchased only for the right to buy BCS National Championship Game tickets." Those Orange Bowl tickets could "possibly go unused." So there is "little chance that the stadium will host more than the 70,000 fans likely to be officially announced Jan. 1" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 12/29).
LET'S BE HONEST: In Tampa, Tom Jones writes, "We can all agree that there are too many college bowl games." But not only "aren't there enough teams for all these bowls, there aren't enough cities." Last week there were bowl games in DC and N.Y., where "temperatures were in the low 30s." Jones: "In fact, Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium was played in a snowstorm. And this is a reward for college teams?" Players on bowl teams "want to go to beaches and amusement parks." They want to "wear shorts and sunglasses, not parkas and ear muffs" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 12/31).
INDEPENDENCE DAY: In, Louisiana, Roy Lang notes for the second straight year the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl was "blanketed with chilly, damp weather conditions." And it appeared on Friday that a "little more than half of the 41,853 tickets paid for were used." Bowl Chair Jack Andres said that he "was 'disappointed' to see another horde of empty seats at Independence Stadium." Andres added, "We have to generate more revenue. We have a sponsor that’s willing to help out." He said, "When you pay more, you can get better teams, you can get better dates and you get better crowds. If you get better dates, you get better (overnight) stays in the city" (SHREVEPORT TIMES, 12/31).
FEELING FATIGUED: In Green Bay, Josh Lintereur cited travel agents as saying that a third straight trip to the Rose Bowl may have left Wisconsin fans "with bowl fatigue, as sales of travel packages are down considerably for this year’s game." Fan enthusiasm "may have also been dampened by the team’s 8-5 record." Fox World Travel Business Development Manager Rose Gray said that while the "enthusiasm from Badger fans isn’t at the level it’s been in the past two years, that’s not to say the Badgers won’t be well-represented by their fans" (GREENBAYPRESSGAZETTE.com, 12/29).