Fans descend on Birmingham for the BBVA Compass Bowl


Hundreds of football fans packed Five Points South in the cold -braving the dropping temperatures to get pumped up for the BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field. The game is bringing in Houston and Vanderbilt fans from across the United States and is a big economic benefit to Birmingham. They traveled from Tennessee and Texas - and braved the cold... "We got our hats, we're ready to dance, a pep rally, we're ready to go!" Zona Trahan, a Houston fan said."We'll brave the cold weather! Looking forward to the marching band competition," Fran Mosley, a Vanderbilt fan said.The stakes are high for Vandy fans. It's the first time, in the school's history they've played three bowl games in a row."it's been wild - you've really seen the football culture change on campus - my family here, this is three generations of Vanderbilt students,' Charles Billingsly, a Vanderbilt student said."It's a great atmosphere,' Colby McKinney, a Vanderbilt fan said. "I go to all the regular season games - to be able to go to a bowl game is amazing."The bowl is also a big boost for Birmingham's economy. Last year, it brought in over 21 million dollars to the Magic City. The street party brought a rib eating contest, concerts, and pep rallies to Five Points South."We follow the University of Houston and whenever they get to a bowl game we enjoy coming and watching them," Steve Simmons, a Houston fan said."Hospitality has a lot to do with it and the quality of the teams that play in the bowl - you have two very well coached football teams," Herm Edwards, Former NFL Coach and the BBVA speaker said. "It'll be a good event, they anticipate at least 50,000."