ORLANDO (FBA) - Eighteen of the 35 Football Bowl Association member bowls had increased attendance during this year's bowl season. Overall, attendance at bowl games fell 2.4 percent this year compared to the same games last year, the Football Bowl Association announced today.
"We had some great crowds at many bowls across the country, " said Wright Waters, Executive Director of the Football Bowl Association. "Historically, the bowls have averaged close to 50,000 fans in attendance, and this year held true to form."
The largest crowd of the bowl season belonged to the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO with 93,359 fans in attendance to watch Stanford play Wisconsin. Finishing second in attendance, the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic had the second-largest crowd in the game's 77-year history, with 87,025 on hand to watch Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M knock off Oklahoma.
Fourteen bowl games had crowds in excess of 50,000 and overall, 1,722,833 college football fans attended bowls this season.
"If you compare bowl game attendance to other sports, including regular season college football, the stats this year measure up to what we are seeing across the country," said Waters. "There are lots of factors that affect attendance whether it is the state of the economy, weather or the matchups ... many things bowls have control over, and many they don't."