clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

The Alamo Bowl Had a Top 10 Attendance Rate

Not bad for two non-Texas teams

NCAA FOOTBALL: DEC 29 Alamo Bowl - Oklahoma State v Colorado Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

One of the complaints about the bowl games is the lack of attendance. In some cases it’s hard to argue.

According to, nearly 30 percent of the seats available at bowl games this season sat empty.

That’s a lot of empty seats.

Luckily for the Alamo Bowl, they didn’t have much of a problem selling tickets. Oklahoma State and Colorado filled up 59,815 of the 65,000 seats at the Alamodome in San Antonio. That 92 percent attendance rate was good enough to finish at No. 9.

Granted that’s not the highest attendance for the game, or even a Top 10 attendance this season. However it’s pretty good for a Texas bowl game without a Texas team in it.

We shouldn’t be too surprised by the showing.

It was the only non-New Year Six match-up of Top 15 teams. Oklahoma State is known for having a great traveling fan base. Plus, Colorado fans were just happy to be going to a bowl game for the first time in nine years.

(On a side note, the Sugar Bowl probably wished it had OSU back this season. Despite showcasing “perennial powers” OU and Auburn, the New Orleans-based bowl game saw the third biggest drop in attendance this year. It went from 72,117 for Oklahoma State vs Ole Miss to 54,077 for Oklahoma and Auburn.)