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Every major sport or event has its history. College bowl games are no different. It's a tradition that has gone on for more than a century. While we know the pomp and popularity today, some of you may not know some of this fan trivia. Let's Jump in, shall we?
7 facts about college bowl games in no particular order:
1. The Sugar Bowl has been played in New Orleans, Louisiana annually since 1935. 2006 was the only exception due to the city still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, so the game was played at Atlanta's Georgia Dome instead.
2. The Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee was dedicated to veterans who fought in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.
3. The Cotton Bowl, in 1956, was graced with a performance by none other than Elvis Presley. The crowd was a record making 25,000 people. One side fact is that the Cotton Bowl has been shown in music videos from Journey, Poison, and Aerosmith. I knew there was something very special about this stadium. :)
4. The very first bowl game to be played was the Rose Bowl in 1902. It was Michigan vs Stanford. The funny part about this story is that it was originally created to draw attention to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. The Other bowl games didn't come around until the 1930's. This was back when the Orange Bowl was called Festival of Palms Bowl.
5. Six major bowl games are played, which are known as the New Year's Six, which determine the final college football national championship game. They are the Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, and Peach Bowl.
6. Up until the 1950's, the bowl games were all played on New Year's day. Now a days, they are spread out across several days.
7. The term "bowl" came from the Rose Bowl Stadium, which was shaped like a bowl. It is considered to be the prototype for many football stadiums in the U.S. Wow who would have thunk it?
So there you have it, 7 facts about the college bowl games. Now you can impress your friends during commercial breaks. What did you find the most interesting of these? Does anyone else have a fact to contribute to this list?