Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Transit Tuesday: Bowl Training

W1-06Transit Tuesday is a weekly feature or profile on transit.

Last week saw the end of the college football season (alas! It's never long enough) with several exciting bowl games. Of the 30 bowl venues, 11 have rail transit stations within 0.5 miles. The Cotton Bowl Classic was, until this year, played at the Cotton Bowl itself, which is, as of this year, within walking distance of the DART light rail. But this year's game was moved to the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, far from rail, even as it arrived at the former home of the game.

The 11 bowl venues close to rail transit are:
  • The New Orleans Bowl and the Sugar Bowl, both played at the Superdome, about 1/2 mile from the St. Charles Streetcar line
  • The Poinsettia Bowl and the Holiday Bowl, both played at Qualcomm Stadium, which has an adjacent station on the San Diego Trolley light rail.
  • The Little Ceasars Pizza Bowl, played at Detroit's Ford Field, about 0.4 miles from the People Mover's Broadway Station.
  • The Meineke Car Care Bowl, played at Bank of America Stadium, about 0.4 miles from the Lynx Stonewall light rail station in Charlotte.
  • The Emerald Bowl, played at San Francisco's AT&T Park, adjacent to the King & 2nd Muni Metro light rail stop and 2 blocks from the terminus of the Caltrain regional rail.
  • The EagleBank Bowl, played at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, just 0.3 miles from the Stadium-Armory Metro station.
  • The Texas Bowl, played at Reliant Stadium, just 0.5 miles from the Houston METRORail stop at Reliant Park.
  • The Insight Bowl, played at Sun Devil Stadium, which has an adjacent station on the Phoenix Light Rail.
  • The Chick-fil-a Bowl, played in the Georgia Dome, which is adjacent to two MARTA stations - Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center and Vine City.
  • The International Bowl, played at Toronto's Rogers Centre, 0.4 miles from the Union Station stop on the Subway and GO Transit's commuter rail lines.


Rob Pitingolo said...

Interesting list. What I'm really curious about is how many football fans actually use transit to get to these games?

Matt' said...

@Rob Pitingolo:
Well, I can't speak for any other bowl, but I did attend last year's Chick-fil-a (Peach) Bowl. Many, many people used MARTA to get to and from the Georgia Dome.

One caveat, though, Georgia Tech was playing in that game, which meant that a lot of the fans were local and probably had experience with the Atlanta subway.

Georgia Tech's home field at Bobby Dodd Stadium is only three blocks from the North Avenue MARTA stop, and fans are heavily encouraged to take the train for those games as well.