Another year…another bowl with an Atlantic Coast Conference tie left reeling after a visit from Boston College.
Vanderbilt University may have been the big winner in the 2008 Music City Bowl, but Nashville came up short.
The New Year’s Eve game between Boston College and Vanderbilt generated $9.97 million for the local economy, Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl representatives announced Friday.
That’s the lowest amount since 2005 when the game brought $7.8 million to the area, and a fraction of what the Music City Bowl had been bringing in the past two years. The 2007 bowl had an estimated economic impact of $27.1 million, and the 2006 bowl had an economic impact of $20.1 million.
The game brought 54,250 people to the 2008 hometown game at LP Field. That’s down from last years 68,661 attendees. The drop in number of out-of-town visitors for the game was even more drastic, with only 17,498, coming in from out of town for the game in 2008, compared with 53,556 in 2007.
We will never forget the following quote from Boston College’s Athletics Director, Gene DeFilippo after Coach O’Brien was replaced by Jeff Jagodzinski.
“We’re having fun now,” he said. “We’ve won before, but we had no fun. This is still a game, it’s not life and death. The fun is back in Boston College football. Tom did a wonderful job here, but nobody was having fun. The fun is back at Boston College.”
Obviously Jags wasn’t feeling the fun as he started looking for an NFL job before his first season was finished. Two years after bringing the fun back to BC, Jags is now the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
You may remember last year that despite gaving away FREE tickets to the Champs Sports Bowl Boston College still disappointed in Orlando.
After embarrassing the conference while failing to deliver support for two consecutive ACC Championships and now for every bowl they have attended, it is no wonder a Chick-fil-A Bowl committee member was quoted as saying the following last year:
Our committee is leery of the Eagles and we’re not convinced their fans will support this team on a bowl trip to Atlanta. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has a long tradition of sold-out stadiums and an atmosphere that is as loud as any stadium in the country and we’re not sure a pro sports town like Boston can support their team at that level.
Of course, none of this is surprising and serves to underscore exactly why Tom O’Brien also wanted out of Chestnut Hill.
Did you know that NC State’s SPRING GAME drew more fans than one of Boston College’s home football games this year? (2006-2007) No shit. 14,682 fans showed up for BC’s game with Buffalo this year. BC entered the game ranked with a 6-1 record and ranked in the Top 25. (Not that it really matters…but, it was a mild 55 degrees and raining)
Could you imagine the attendance in Carter-Finley if NC State was ranked in the Top 25 and had a guaranteed win coming to town that was going to advance our record to 7-1 and position us for a potential run at a top-flight bowl?
Don’t any of these people just know how to have fun like Gene?