“We’re here to help. We saw how poor attendance was at many of these college bowl games,” said Los Angeles developer Sid Murray. “Like 20,000 seats sold in stadiums that hold more than 70,000? Atrocious. And we thought, why pigeon hole ourselves with just one (NFL) team playing eight regular season home games, two preseason games and maybe a playoff game, when we can move all these bowl games here, and have games practically every weekend? It just makes the most sense.”
Citing recent bowl games like the Music City Bowl, which drew 14,000 fewer fans this year in Nashville, and the Hawaii Bowl, held in Hawaii, which sold 19,411 tickets, down nearly 22,000 tickets from last year, Murray said Los Angeles is really the best city to support bowl games, and many other football games, year round.
“The poor attendance at these games just goes to show that cities like Honolulu clearly can’t support these bowl games. And we can,” Murray said. “I know there are some naysayers and pessimists who say there’s too many college bowl games as it is right now, but those people are too shortsighted. And quite frankly, they disgust me and should be shot. Move these troubled bowl games here. There’s no doubt in my mind that all these bowl games would be much better off being played here in LA. The bowls will sell out, the team will have a great time out here, sponsors will be thrilled. It’s a win-win. Well, except for the city that loses the game. So, it’s a win-win-lose, I guess.”