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Sports Illustrated has a piece today abt bowl games and the lack of attendance. Of course, next year we start the playoff system, but attendance was brutal for most all bowls this year. For example, Sugar Bowl attendance was 54,178. This was the lowest since 1939. Many threads on here mocked attendances, but most every team faced a decline in bowl attendance/ticket sales.
Maybe one way to fix attendance is to do away with conference affiliations. If a team "always" goes to a bowl, say SEC to Sugar, then that diminishes some of the luster of attending that bowl.
Maybe an alternative would be more regionalized bowls: say a team from the east coast only goes to a bowl east of Mississippi River or along those lines. This might make travel more conducive to the economy and travel times.
It seems that programs are accepting the fact that tickets sales are a thing of the past (en lieu of television deals and conference payouts to compensate.
There could be a number of options to help boost attendance. Any ideas on what might help boost attendance and/or spice up the bowl games?
Hopefully people stop going more and more each year so the Bowls all die a painful and slow death
Maybe if I knew my money wasn't lining the pockets of people who steal from charity and universities I would go
fsufsu said... I've got about 10 great stories on Lane but all you need to know is he will never be a loser, that's for sure.
The bowls still make money from tv and the tickets they make the university buy. There are way too many bowls, but people still tune in and schools will take a big financial hit to participate.
Bowl attendance has always had it's ups and downs. They can show that as a whole, the number is down from last year and this or that, but they don't take into consideration how many more bowls there are. You used to have 6-5 teams as the limit as far as who could go and now with 12 games, more teams are bowl eligible and there are more bowls, which lead to more crap bowls, IMO.
Also, the addition of the BCS has hurt the attendance at the BCS bowls by setting up matchups that people just don't care to see in those games.
Take the Orange Bowl for example. Years ago, that game would have been Kansas St vs Florida St. With the way FSU fans filled the OB and the way K St fans traveled to the Fiesta Bowl, you would have had a sold out game.
Similar for the Sugar Bowl. If we still had the BCSCG, you would still have Florida to the Sugar, but paired with Oklahoma or someone like that would have brought a bigger crowd, IMO.
I do admit that Florida's traveling party for that game was pretty embarrassing. You would think that with a 2nd year coach and coming off 2 subpar years that there would have been more excitement around the program. Obviously the players had the same feelings about being there.
The two biggest things I see with this post are this:
1. The Rose Bowl would never agree to end conference affiliation. This has always been a HUGE obstacle in football postseason. And now the Sugar Bowl will match it, pairing an SEC team with a Big 12 team.
2. With TV coverage getting better and being broadcast in high definition, combined with rising ticket prices, consumers are more inclined to just stay home and watch the game from the comfort of their home.
I think conference affiliation in the BCS.....or selection bowls as they will be called, is actually good for attendance. Getting more of the games back to being New Year's Eve or New Year's Day would help with attendance as well, IMO. It gives fans a chance to prepare to know when, if not always where their team is playing. Going to a game on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th isn't as easy to make work for some adults, especially in places that school starts back for their kids a few days after New Year's.
So young to be so mad....everything you buy goes to line someone's pockets..who likely steal from charities...even if it's for tax breaks....FSU will get to a worthwhile game bro...be patient....
Although attendance dropped by 2,114, the Rose Bowl had the highest attendance of all the bowls, including the National Championship game.
Also, of all the bowls, the Rose Bowl is the only one that has not had one hint of scandal or corruption attached to it. Those that govern it, receive the lowest salary of all the bowls.
See the announced crowds for all 35 bowls and how they compared to last year.
This post was edited by usctrojan1 15 months ago
"Here are provided seats of meditative joy, where shall rise again the destined reign of Troy." Virgil
The problem is that the bowl officials themselves don't give a damn what the attendance is. Zero people could show up for a bowl and the bowl officials would still make money. It's because they pass the entire cost of tickets and everything on to the universities. If the attendance is low, it's the universities that pay for it.
This is the primary issue with the bowls. The people who run/create them are always the ones who make money off of them, so why wouldn't they keep creating more bowl games?
It's ridiculous. There should not be nearly as many bowls are there currently are. Of course, getting rid of any bowl games is an affront to "tradition."
They need to do away with automatic qualifiers. Nobody wants to almost make it to the NC game then go play a Utah or Louisville in a BCS Bowl. Or go play an unranked Wisky team just because they won their crappy conference. The top team has nothing to win. Who cares? "You were supposed to win". "You only won by 20?" "You gave up 17 points to a Big East team"? No thanks. I'm not spending my money and vacation days to go see these crappy matchups. They need to put the top teams agonist the top teams regardless of who is what conference.
Also, I agree with the guy above about going to the same bowls every year. I know a lot are regionally based due to attendance, but it's old going to the same cities. I'd like to see the SEC go to the Rose or Fiesta. They are in a place we don't get a chance to visit much and it would make for a decent vacation. We can go to New Orleans all year long on any random weekend. A bowl game in a different city would be a reason to go somewhere outside of the region you wouldn't normally go to. But I also understand that most teams don't travel like Alabama.
I just want a real playoff
Get off my balls bbucks
For perspective's sake:
The two largest bowls in terms of stadium capacity are the Heart of Dallas Bowl and the Rose Bowl.
Heart of Dallas Bowl capacity: 92,100
Rose Bowl capacity: 91,136
Then there is a HUGE dropoff in stadium size. The next bowl in terms of capacity is the Cotton Bowl, with a capacity of 80,000. For reference the Orange Bowl capacity is 75,540, which was also the site of the National Championship.
Stanford has a total enrollment of under 7,000...that is also perspective.
The BCSCG set an attendance record there as well.
Bowl games involving a SEC team was up on average 1500 this season from last.
IMO, the only "real" playoff is done the way the MLB, NBA, and NHL do it. I don't view the NFL's playoff system to be much better than what we have in CFB.
you be aight...gonna need a field of 64 to get in though....
This post was edited by BBucksorBeGone8 15 months ago
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