- Doug Kelly
With the expected capacity crowd expected for next Monday’s College Football Playoff national championship game between LSU and Clemson, attendance at the 40 games played to date shows an increase over last year’s total.
“I hope this trend shows signs of continuing,” said Football Bowl Association Executive Director Wright Waters. “It is definitely encouraging.”
Over 1.661 million fans attended bowl games during the 2019-20 bowl season.
“The New Year’s Six games all held steady, and the two CFP semifinal games each attracted in excess of 71,000,” Waters continued. Buoyed by thousands of fans from Baton Rouge and other parts of Louisiana, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl had over 78,000 on hand, well over capacity at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual, which featured a late Oregon rally to turn back Wisconsin, had a 90,462 attendance. Stadiums hosting bowl games were at 74.68% of capacity.
“We were fortunate this year to have a long of exciting games, from several high-powered offensive ‘shootouts’ to games that were not decided until the final minutes.
Games this year had 27,000+ fans more than a similar period one year ago, a 1.6% increase.
“Once again, players, coaches, staff, alumni, fans and countless others had the opportunity to watch their teams in action around the country,” Waters continued. “More than 4,000 student-athletes competed on winning teams, many of whom playing their last college game, could leave the field as champions for one final time.”
Director of Communications
FOOTBALL BOWL ASSOCIATION
Material for this article sourced from press release.
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