Over the next few weeks, college football fans will be provided with wall-to-wall action thanks to the smorgasbord of bowl games on the slate, 35 in all.
But would anyone want to travel to some of the games’ locations to actually watch them in person? For every Pasadena, CA, there is an El Paso, TX, that is hosting a game. So, let’s examine the 10 worst locations hosting a college bowl game based upon the weather, travel and the city’s condition, activities and night life..
10. Nashville, TN (Franklin Am. Mortgage Music City Bowl)
A trip to Tennessee for the Franklin Am. Mortgage Music City Bowl? We’ll pass. Of course, “Music City” has a great entertainment scene and is a worthy tourist spot. But if you aren’t into country music or Civil War history, that cuts down your options in Nashville. We don’t know about you, college football fans, but live performances of the Grand Ole Opry? Yawn. And while technically in the South, late December isn’t exactly toasty in Tennessee.
9. Memphis, TN (AutoZone Liberty Bowl)
Memphis has found itself on the list of country’s most-dangerous cities based on a Crime Risk Index from U.S. News and World Report. We don’t need that formula to tell us that there are better places to spend New Year’s Eve, when Cincinnati will play Vanderbilt in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Beyond Beale Street and Graceland, Memphis doesn’t have any significant attractions and, well, is not far from the borders of rural Mississippi and Arkansas. Yay?
8. San Antonio, TX (Valero Alamo Bowl)
Let’s get this out of the way: San Antonio is a nice city with friendly people. But anyone who has been there can tell you that it’s not exactly a destination. It’s a laid-back spot with a good economy, but does that make you want to make the trek for a winter vacation? Sure, the River Walk and Alamo are attractions, but they aren’t enough to make the Valero Alamo Bowl anything more than a decent game to watch on TV. As Phil Jackson put it, “Once you’ve been (to San Antonio), you’ve been there enough.”
7. Birmingham, AL (BBVA Compass Bowl)
Unless you are an athlete headed to see famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews, we really don’t see a reason to visit Alabama’s largest city. And don’t say for the BBVA Compass Bowl, either. Southern metropolises New Orleans or Atlanta are better options – both of which are within reasonable drives of Birmingham. It’s reputation as one of the nation’s most-dangerous cities also makes the trip less-enticing, to say the least.
6. Shreveport, LA (AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl)
So close, yet so far away. If you are heading to Louisiana, why not check out party-all-night New Orleans or college town Baton Rouge? Instead, Shreveport has a population of just 217,000 people. Its claim to fame is being the cultural center of Ark-La-Tex, where the states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas meet.
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