Nearly two-thirds of the postseason games saw a decline in attendance, with some events having their numbers fall by more than 20% from 2007.
We've charted the attendance figures of 32 of the 34 bowls, comparing the 2008 and 2007 numbers. The data comes from SportsBusiness Daily. The EagleBank and St. Petersburg bowls were not included because this was their first year of existence.
The Motor City Bowl in Detroit featuring Central Michigan and Florida Atlantic had a stunning attendance dip of 19,225 (31.7%). Michigan, we might add, has the nation's highest unemployment rate at 9.6%.
The Orange Bowl saw a dip of 21.9% and the Music City was off by 21%.
Not all the news was bad.
The Meineke featuring West Virginia and North Carolina saw its attendance increase by 38.7%. The Cotton was up 20.6% and the Hawaii experienced a stunning 42.7% increase. That, in part, is because of the drawing power of Notre Dame, which played Hawaii in the Dec. 24 game. That game also saw it's TV ratings increase by 100%.
The Emerald, fueled by the appearance of California from across the bay, was up 30%. The International had a spike of 27.8%.