Below is from the Football Bowl Association
In-stadium attendance for the 2015-16 bowl season showed an increase over last year
Counting the 71,000-plus who attended Monday’s sold-out College Football Playoff National Championship between No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, 1,791,733 fans will have attended bowl games this year. Seventy-seven percent of all stadium seating was utilized. The aggregate total is the best since 2011-12.
The Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual led the way with 94,268 patrons watching Stanford defeat Iowa, 45-16.
In addition to the CFP title game and the Rose Bowl, five other bowls attracted more than 71,000 spectators: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (82,812), Allstate Sugar Bowl (72,117), AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (71,307), Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl (71,123) and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (71,007).
In all, 14 games attracted capacity or over-capacity attendances and 23 games showed increases in attendance over the past year.
Two new bowl games, the AutoNation Cure Bowl and Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl, had total attendance of 38,955.
The overall increase of 22,524 from 2014-15 reveals continued growth from the 2008-09 recession that affected most if not all sporting ventures in terms of stadium attendance. Incremental increases since then have been steady and the trend is expected to continue to skew upward in years to come.