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Fiesta Bowl Crowd Is Short Of Sellout, Smallest Since '97

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Last night's UCF-Baylor Tostitos Fiesta Bowl drew a crowd of 65,172 at Univ. of Phoenix Stadium, the "smallest Fiesta Bowl turnout" since Texas-Penn State in '97. The attendance was "nearly 8,000 fans fewer than a sellout" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 1/2). The atmosphere at the game was "better than expected." There were "empty chunks of seating," but it was a "respectable crowd considering the lopsided predictions and the reality that one of the teams was coming from a warm-weather state on the other side of the country" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 1/2).

Below are attendance figures for bowl games over the last three days, with 10 of the 14 games drawing smaller crowds on a year-over-year basis.

BOWL
DATE
MATCHUP
ATTEN.
PREV. MATCHUP
ATTEN.
Rose Bowl
1/1
Michigan State-Stanford
95,173
Stanford-Wisconsin
93,359
Tostitos Fiesta
1/1
UCF-Baylor
65,172
Oregon-Kansas State
70,242
Chick-fil-A
12/31
Texas A&M-Duke
67,946
Clemson-LSU
68,027
Valero Alamo
12/30
Oregon-Texas
65,918
Texas-Oregon State
65,277
Capital One
1/1
South Carolina-Wisconsin
56,629
Georgia-Nebraska
59,712
Franklin American Mortgage Music City
12/30
Ole Miss-Georgia Tech
52,125
Vanderbilt-NC State
55,801
National University Holiday
12/30
Texas Tech-Arizona State
52,930
Baylor-UCLA
55,507
Outback
1/1
LSU-Iowa
51,296
South Carolina-Michigan
54,527
AutoZone Liberty
12/31
Mississippi State-Rice
57,846
Tulsa-Iowa State
53,687
TaxSlayer.com Gator
1/1
Nebraska-Georgia
60,712
Northwestern-Mississippi State
48,612
Heart of Dallas
1/1
North Texas-UNLV
38,380
Oklahoma State-Purdue
48,313
Hyundai Sun
12/31
UCLA-Virginia Tech
47,912
Georgia Tech-USC
47,922
AdvoCare V100
12/31
Arizona-Boston College
36,917
Ohio-Louisiana Monroe
41,853
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
12/30
Navy-Middle Tennessee
39,246
Rice-Air Force
40,754
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