Big BBVA Compass Bowl turnout taxes Legion Field facilities

Big BBVA Compass Bowl turnout taxes Legion Field facilities

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Bowl officials say that 59,000 fans turned out for the BBVA Compass Bowl game. Source: WBRC video Bowl officials say that 59,000 fans turned out for the BBVA Compass Bowl game. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Though Birmingham's bowl game is being called a big success but there were problems.

"I think people were as prepared as they could be. Obviously we had some glitches, hiccups in some areas that needed to be addressed before the next game and I'm fully confident we will sit down with the city we will get those worked out," Mark Meadows, BBVA Compass Bowl Executive Director, said.

More than 59,000 turned out for Saturday's BBVA Compass Bowl Game and one major issue was running out drinks at certain locations at Legion Field. Robert Yarbrough of YARTAG operates concessions at the stadium.

"We had some spot areas around the stadium, we had a distribution problem. We had people waiting too long in line to get served," Yarbrough said.

Yarbrough says they sold more concessions Saturday at Legion Field more than they did all of last year. Legion Field is also an old facility. Yarbrough says he no longer runs fountain drinks at the stadium because of the age of the facility. Instead Yarbrough brings in bottled drinks to pour into cups. Still Yarbrough says there are problems when you deal with an 85-year-old stadium.

"We know this facility has half the points of purchase it needs to serve a modern football event," Yarbrough said.

Yarbrough says he will invest what he has to fix the problem before the next event at Legion Field. Meanwhile, Meadows says there were traffic issues moving motorists off the interstate to the stadium. Meadows says that will also be addressed.

The executive director says Birmingham has a lot to build on for the future especially since the BBVA Compass Bowl beat the Sugar Bowl in attendance.

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