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City shines during Alamo Bowl

The city of San Antonio was showcased front and center

SAN ANTONIO – TCU and Oregon weren’t alone in being highlighted during this year’s Alamo Bowl.

The city of San Antonio was showcased front and center.

Richard Oliver, director of communications for the Convention and Visitors Bureau in San Antonio said, "One of the great things about the Alamo Bowl is it’s just great kizmet for San Antonio," Richard Oliver, director of communications for the Convention and Visitors Bureau in San Antonio said. “It's been wonderful games.”

Oliver also said Alamo Bowl officials are doing great at selecting teams that put on a show. He also said that this year's game, in which TCU made an incredible second-half comeback against Oregon, was the best he's ever seen.

"This game was absolutely historic this year. You add all that up for SA we're talking about the ESPN scroll and all that means for the city, that's absolutely significant," he said.

Now crews at the dome are preparing for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl this weekend.

Rick Hill with the Valero Alamo Bowl said viewership literally doubled in the second half of the nationally televised game. Harris and his team oversee the business end of putting the Alamo Bowl into play.

He said Alamo Bowl officials are pleased to remain a bowl game and are not interested in becoming part of the BCS playoffs, at least for now. 

Hill said the success this year’s bowl game success is a perfect example of the Alamo Bowl's ability to bolster visibility and subsequently tourism in the Alamo city.  

"There were 10 million people watching the Valero Alamo Bowl, seeing beauty shots of San Antonio and being on social media and so the buzz is fantastic and most services had us rated as the No. 1 number one bowl game of all 40."