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Thursday's Slate Of Bowl Games See Attendance Declines

There was mixed attendance at three bowl games played yesterday. Among the markets:

An announced crowd of 48,128 attended yesterday’s Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium, where Cincinnati defeated Duke 48-34. Bowl Exec Dir Will Webb was “pleased with the ticket sales” from both schools. Webb estimated that there were over 20,000 Duke fans and 10,000 Cincinnati fans in attendance (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/28). The crowd was down 18% from 58,427 fans for the N.C. State-Louisville matchup last year (THE DAILY).

An announced crowd of 17,835 attended yesterday afternoon's Military Bowl at RFK Stadium, "the lowest in the Military Bowl's five-year history." San Jose State defeated Bowling Green 29-20 (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 12/28). The crowd was down 29% from the Toledo-Air Force matchup last year, which drew 25,042 fans (THE DAILY).

A crowd of 55,507 watched Baylor defeat UCLA 49-26 in last night's Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Two-thirds of the crowd were fans of UCLA, which sold out "its bowl game allotment for the first time" since '06 (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 12/28). The crowd marks the bowl’s lowest attendance since ’97, when a crowd of 50,761 attended the Colorado State-Missouri matchup. The Baylor-UCLA matchup is also down 1% from 56,313 for the Texas-Cal matchup last year (THE DAILY).
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