Salem, Va population: 24,000
Greater Roanoke Valley population: 300,000
The Woodlands, TX population 110,000
Harris County population 4,100,000
Montgomery County population 566,000
The stadium is just outside Harris County
This also gives The Stagg Bowl a presence in what will eventually be the third largest city in the USA. Plenty of hotel space and restaurants. George Bush International Airport 20 minutes away. Being a local, I'll be interested to see how this event will be promoted in the upcoming months.
What? You can play that population numbers thing with just about any metro area. I'd say Houston is 10 or 12th largest in this country - and I visit all of the major cities with regularity for work.
OH and TX have their love for football - I think the NCAA is counting on that.
AMC Champs: 1991-1992-1993-1994-1995
HCAC Champs: 2000, 2001
PAC Champs: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Bridge Bowl Champs: 1990-1991-1992-1993-1994-1995-2002-2003-2006-2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013 (SERIES OVER)
Undefeated: 1991, 1995, 2001, 2009, 2010, 2015
Instances where MSJ quit the Bridge Bowl: 2