There legitimately might be more members of the team bands than actual spectators. (And no, it was not a late-arriving crowd.)
If we’re going to hold bowl games in unique venues (full disclosure: I love Marlins Park) at weird hours, why not go all-in on the weird? 6 a.m. — watch the game before work starts — or 11:30 p.m — #MiamiBeachBowlAfterDark.
No one in South Florida is going to take off work to go see Central Michigan and Tulsa play football — sorry. As a former South Floridian, I can say that there are probably only 50 to 100 people who are attending that game on purpose. The rest are drifters.
Also — it’s the Miami Bowl. The game is played in Little Havana — eight miles away from Miami Beach. Though with a crowd this small, they could rent out Flamingo Park, play the game on Miami Beach, and have plenty of room for everyone to hold a picnic on the sidelines.