MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - We’re a month removed from the Camellia Bowl and Montgomery city leaders said it was a tremendous success.
“We’re happy. ESPN’s happy. The schools are happy. Both conferences are happy,” said Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.
During his weekly press conference, Strange said the Camellia Bowl ended up having a $16.6 million impact on the city when you factor in the number of people eating in restaurants and filling up hotels. The 2018 monetary impact is slightly higher than the Camellia Bowl’s 2017 monetary impact.
“We know we have an option year. I know it won’t be Raycom because they’re going away but we’ll see what the title sponsors look like and along the way we know we signed an extension. The Camllia Bowl will be there for another six years,” said Strange.
Another feather in Montgomery’s cap? CBS Sports ranked the Camellia Bowl as the 8th best out of 33 bowls in terms of quality.
The 2018 Camellia Bowl featured Georgia Southern and Eastern Michigan in a game that came down to the wire. Georgia Southern pulled out a 23-21 win on a last-second field goal. Attendance was just short of 20,000.