Arizona Bowl

How Will NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Ticket Sales Compare to Others?

The positive way to look at this year’s ticket sales for the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl between Arkansas State and Nevada is that 34,000 tickets were reportedly allocated as of yesterday without either team having bowl-starved fans.

The negative way to look at it is the bowl might fall short of last year’s record number of 39,132 when New Mexico State (experiencing its first bowl since 1960) played Utah State. The goal for today’s game at 11:15 a.m. at Arizona Stadium was to reach at least 40,000.

That might be a difficult plateau to reach.

Order your tickets for the Arizona Bowl by visiting the Arizona Bowl site.

A T-shirt painting vendor displays their work at the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl block party (Mackenzie Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Nevertheless, the Arizona Bowl is holding its own with ticket sales compared to more established bowls. If the at least 34,000 tickets sold to this point is the correct number, it would be more than 15 of the bowls already played this year.

Last year, the Arizona Bowl was in the top 10 in terms of attendance of non-New Year’s bowls or bowls affiliated with the BCS. It finished at No. 9, ahead of the likes of the Las Vegas Bowl, Cactus Bowl, Independence Bowl, New Mexico Bowl and Foster Farms Bowl.

The following is a listing of last year’s bowl attendance figures of the bowls before New Year’s Day that aren’t affiliated with the BCS:

Bowl City Date Teams Att
Texas Bowl Houston 12/27/17 Texas vs. Missouri 67820
Alamo Bowl San Antonio 12/28/17 Stanford vs. TCU 57653
Liberty Bowl Memphis (Tenn.) 12/30/17 Iowa State vs. Memphis 57266
Music City Bowl Nashville (Tenn.) 12/29/17 Northwestern vs. Kentucky 48675
Holiday Bowl San Diego 12/28/17 Michigan St. vs. Washington St. 47092
Taxslayer Bowl Jacksonville (Fla.) 12/30/17 Mississippi State vs. Louisville 41310
Sun Bowl El Paso 12/29/17 ASU vs. North Carolina State 39897
Camping World Bowl Orlando 12/28/17 Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech 39610
Arizona Bowl Tucson 12/29/17 New Mexico State vs. Utah State 39132
Pinstripe Bowl Bronx (N.Y.) 12/27/17 Iowa vs. Boston College 37667
Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas 12/16/17 Boise State vs. Oregon 36432
Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth (Texas) 12/23/17 Army vs. San Diego State 35986
Military Bowl Annapolis (Md.) 12/28/17 Navy vs. Virginia 35921
Independence Bowl Shreveport (La.) 12/27/17 Florida State vs. Southern Miss 33601
Cactus Bowl Phoenix 12/27/17 UCLA vs. Kansas State 32859
Belk Bowl Charlotte (N.C.) 12/29/17 Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M 32784
Dollar General Bowl Mobile (Ala.) 12/23/17 Appalachian State vs. Toledo 28706
Birmingham Bowl Birmingham (Ala.) 12/23/17 South Florida vs. Texas Tech 28623
Foster Farms Bowl Santa Clara (Calif.) 12/27/17 Arizona vs. Purdue 28436
New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque 12/16/17 Marshall vs. Colorado State 26087
Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton (Fla.) 12/19/17 Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 25912
New Orleans Bowl New Orleans 12/16/17 Troy vs. North Texas 24904
Camellia Bowl Montgomery (Ala.) 12/16/17 Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas St. 20612
Hawaii Bowl Honolulu 12/24/17 Fresno State vs. Houston 20546
Heart of Dallas Bowl Dallas 12/26/17 Utah vs. West Virginia 20507
Quick Lane Bowl Detroit 12/26/17 Duke vs. Northern Illinois 20211
Cure Bowl Orlando 12/16/17 Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State 19585
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Boise (Idaho) 12/22/17 Wyoming vs. Central Michigan 16512
Gasparilla Bowl St. P'burg (Fla.) 12/21/17 Temple vs. Florida International 16363
Frisco Bowl Frisco (Texas) 12/20/17 Louisiana Tech vs. SMU 14419
Bahamas Bowl Nassau 12/22/17 Ohio vs. UAB 13585

The Tucson Sugar Skulls indoor professional football team had a booth at the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl block party (Mackenzie Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Here’s a look at the official attendance numbers for each college football bowl game this season:

Saturday, Dec. 15
Celebration Bowl (Atlanta)
Attendance: 31,672
NC A&T 24, Alcorn State 22

Cure Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)
Attendance: 19,066
Tulane 41, Louisiana-Lafayette 24

New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque)
Attendance: 25,387
Utah State 52, North Texas 13

Las Vegas Bowl
Attendance: 37,146
Fresno State 31, Arizona State 20

Nevada’s mascot and pom squad entertain the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl block party crowd (Mackenzie Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.)
Attendance: 17,710
Georgia Southern 23, vs. Eastern Michigan 21

New Orleans Bowl
Attendance: 23,942
Appalachian State 45, Middle Tennessee 13

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Boca Raton (Fla.) Bowl
Attendance: 22,614
UAB 37, Northern Illinois 13

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Frisco (Texas) Bowl
Attendance: 11,029
Ohio 27, San Diego State 0

Thursday, Dec. 20

Gasparilla Bowl (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Attendance: 14,135
Marshall 38, South Florida 20

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Friday, Dec. 21

Bahamas Bowl (Nassau)
Attendance: 13,510
FIU 35, Toledo 32

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Idaho)
Attendance: 18,711
BYU 49, Western Michigan 18

Saturday, Dec. 22

Birmingham (Ala.) Bowl
Attendance: 25,717
Wake Forest 37, Memphis 34

Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas)
Attendance: 44,738
Army 70, Houston 14

Dollar General Bowl (Mobile, Ala.)
Attendance: 31,818
Troy 42, Buffalo 32

Hawaii Bowl (Honolulu)
Attendance: 30,911
Louisiana Tech 31, Hawaii 14

Wednesday, Dec. 26

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (Dallas)
Cancelled
Boston College (7-5) vs. Boise State (10-3)

Quick Lane Bowl (Detroit)
Attendance: 27,228
Minnesota 34, Georgia Tech 10

Cheez-It Bowl (Phoenix)
Attendance: 33,121
TCU 10, California 7

Thursday, Dec. 27
Independence Bowl (Shreveport, La.)
Attendance: 27,492
Duke 56, Temple 27

Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium
Attendance: 37,821
Wisconsin 35, Miami 3

Texas Bowl (Houston)
Attendance: 51,104
Baylor 45, Vanderbilt 38

Friday, Dec. 28

Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn.)
Attendance: 59,024
Auburn 63, Purdue 14

Camping World Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)
Attendance: 41,125
Syracuse 34, West Virginia 18

Alamo Bowl (San Antonio)
Attendance: 60,675
Washington State 28, Iowa State 26

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