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Date Posted: 09:38:41 07/07/17 Fri
Think that posters make some good points, but here are some others to ponder: As per my point that HY is a big reunion of tens of thousands of people who have much invested in their schools' brands, and The Game becomes a platform from which to engage in a form of boasting, the comment about small alumni fan bases is somewhat msleading. H and Y are large universities with six-figure alumni bodies, Yale probably has 50,000 alums living in Boston-D.C. corridor, Harvard twice that, there are plenty of bodies to fill the Bowl, even without much town support. I know of many folks with Yale grad degrees who come to see the Harvard game when it's in NH. Attendance at the one championship showdown game in the Bowl of the past twenty (thirty?) years, the 2007 blowout by Harvard, was attended by 57,248 according to NY Times report. That game had party buses coming up from Manhattan sponsored by the big banks. I am sure that had the revelers not figured out in the first five or ten minutes that the contest was going to be a blowout, the walk in sales would have pushed attendance over 60k. There were, it was estimated, close to 80,000 in the parking lots and the Bowl that day. I know for a fact that the New Haven fire department was concerned that standing room sales on the track around the top of the Bowl would push attendance to 70k, an amount the Bowl is no longer designed to hold.
In sum, if Yale can get back to Cozza-era levels of achievement in the League, I am confident that we shall see a sellout of the Yale Bowl, and The Game will continue as one of the premier sporting events in New England.
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