Marshall’s Military Bowl matchup against Maryland was a victory for the Thundering Herd and the games organizers. Held at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis Maryland, this year’s bowl drew 30,163 fans. In contrast, the 2012 Military Bowl, which was played at Washington D.C.’S RFK Stadium and pitted San Jose State against Bowling Green, was only witnessed by 17,835 people.
In addition to the increased gate, television ratings were also up 30% from last year’s game. Of the 36 bowl games played, only six experienced a greater year-to-year increase in T.V. viewership. Also, the Military Bowls 1.7 television rating among U.S. households was tied with the Liberty Bowl (Rice vs. Mississippi State) for most viewers in a game featuring a Conference USA school.
For a full list of this years bowl game T.V. ratings click here.