Report: College football home attendance drops to 14-year low

Tuesday December 16th, 2014

College football home attendance dropped to the lowest it's been in 14 years this season, according to Jon Solomon of CBSSports. 

The average attendance for FBS games in 2014 was 43,483, down four percent from 2013 and the lowest average since it was 42,631 in 2000.

According to CBSSports, 72 percent of the top 25 attendance leaders from last season either increased or stayed the same. Ohio State had the highest average attendance with 106,296, the first time in 16 years that Michigan was not on top. Michigan's home attendance dropped six percent from 2013. 

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The biggest increases among Power Five schools: Texas A&M (21 percent), Maryland (14 percent), LSU (11 percent), Mississippi State (10 percent), Rutgers (9 percent), Florida State (9 percent) and UCLA (nine percent). Texas A&M, LSU and Mississippi State expanded their stadiums this season. Maryland and Rutgers were new Big Ten members.

Purdue (28 percent), Pittsburgh (17 percent), Virginia (15 percent), Kansas (10 percent), Arizona State (9 percent) and Oklahoma State (8 percent) had the largest drops from 2013 to 2014 among Power Five schools. 

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The data was compiled from a analysis of NCAA attendance data. Only home games were taken into account, and the figures represent the totals that schools themselves reported to the NCAA.

- Molly Geary

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