Bowl Game Attendance Continues Slide

December 31, 2012 at 6:33a    by Jason Priestas    


AndyVance's picture

The since-redacted 2010 Sugar Bowl was my first Bowl experience... it was such a great experience that frankly I'm surprised Florida hasn't sold more of its tickets.
Overlooking the poor, poor state of the economy - and the additional uncertainty this year for a variety of political reasons that do not need to be discussed - likely make this season an outlier.
That said, it is clear there are too many games to sustain a sound supply/demand balance. Perhaps the Bowl committees and their sponsors are assuming that you don't make money every year, but in the years when you get a homerun matchup, you make enough money to cover up the "trough" years...

penult's picture

The bowls always make money. If tickets go unsold the schools eat most of that loss.

johnblairgobucks's picture

when teams like Bowling Green and San Jose State don't come close to selling 50% of their tickets for home games during conference play, it's safe to assume that they won't sell alot of tickets when paired together, in a neutral site stadium 2,000 and 500 miles away from their fan base strong points, 2 days after Christmas.


While growing up I always thought the bowl games were a reward for an above average season (minimum of 8 wins). 6-6 (and in Georgia Tech's case 6-7) teams probably shouldnt be awarded (yeah, I know i'm talking about 2011 OSU, too). I also associated bowl games with warmer climates because that, too, was supposed to be a reward. Remember the episode of "Coach" when Minnesota State played in the Valley Forge Bowl in a snowstorm? That was meant to be a joke of how low a ladder rung that bowl was. That's what we're seeing now.
Fanbases aside, nobody is going to fork out $50 a ticket to go watch two 6-6 teams in a blizzard. The NFL are the only ones who can get away with that.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

cajunbuckeye's picture

I'm going to personally raise the attendance of the Sugar Bowl by six. Let's go Louisville!!

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

Brutus Greyshield's picture

All they have to do is figure out a way to play the forthcoming playoff games on the campuses of the higher ranked teams, and their problems would be solved.