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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Champs Bowl has largest attendance increase

By Matt Fortuna

Thursday's Champs Sports Bowl between Notre Dame and Florida State involved the largest attendance increase of any bowl from last season to this season, Notre Dame announced Wednesday.

The capacity crowd of 68,305 was 19,343 more than last year's attendance for West Virginia's matchup with North Carolina State, which was 48,962.

The second-largest increase came for the the Belk Bowl, which had 58,427 fans this year watch Louisville take on North Carolina State. That's a 17,305 increase over last year's contest, which featured Clemson and South Florida.

The 68,305 people at this year's Champs Sports Bowl marked the bowl's highest attendance figure since the game moved to Orlando, Fla.