Guest Editorial: Come enjoy the game

Guest Editorial: Come enjoy the game

In 2014 the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl outdrew 17 other bowl games in attendance. ESPN said it was one of the most successful inaugural events in its history.

The 2015 telecast had a 73 percent increase in viewership from the bowl game that aired in the same time slot in 2014. said it was the most watched college bowl game and the 6th most viewed telecast on Dec. 19. CBS Sports ranked it as the 11th best bowl game of year.

On a local level, in 2014 the Camellia Bowl played a big role in generating a $25 million increase in spending on goods and services in Montgomery, and in 2015, an additional $15 million. That's a net gain of nearly $40 million.

There will only be 41 college bowl games played this year. That Montgomery, Alabama has one of them at all is still amazing to me, and a tribute to the city, the county, the chamber of commerce, and Raycom Media among others.

The Camellia Bowl is still in its infancy when you consider that the Blue/Gray game was played at Cramton Bowl for over 60 years.

There is a great tradition to be built here in the River Region with this game, and I urge you to be a part of it.

Tickets begin at only $20.  And there is a Montgomery high school athlete on each of the teams playing this year.

Come, enjoy the game.

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