From Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News, good numbers compiled by Winthrop Intelligence on the bowl games.
Bowl attendance continues to decline. One major exception this year was the BBVA Compass Bowl where Ole Miss fans helped the bowl have the highest increase in attendance from one season to the next — that increase some 18,000 fans better than the next best bowl to see an increase. The Compass Bowl (59,135) ranked ninth in overall attendance among the 35 bowl games. It ranked No. 4 among the non-BCS games behind the Chick-Fil-A, Alamo and Capital One bowls.
Knowing in advance the large numbers were coming the Compass Bowl still struggled with parking issues — not a first for Legion Field — as well as concessions and technical problems.
Not much of a reward for the fans who helped put the game in the limelight.