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SEC Attendance Numbers Show Who’s Supporting Their Schools And Who Isn’t

The NCAA has released the attendance figures for the 2010 football season and once again the SEC dominates nationally.  Six of the Top 10 most attended stadiums are located on SEC ground — Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Florida and Auburn.

In terms of average attendance per game, here are the final numbers and national rankings for each SEC program:

National Rank
School
Avg. Attendance Per Game
4
Alabama
101,821
6
Tennessee
99,781
7
Georgia
92,746
8
LSU
92,718
9
Florida
90,511
10
Auburn
86,087
17
South Carolina
76,668
22
Arkansas
68,932
25
Kentucky
66,070
35
Ole Miss
55,898
37
Mississippi State
54,999
72
Vanderbilt
33,269



Impressive.  But that’s not a pure gauge of fan support.  Remember, those are paid attendance figures, not turnstile counts.  Schools can sell out their tickets and not fill up their stadiums on a week-to-week basis.

A better measure for how well fanbases are supporting their schools — via ticket sales — is the “percent capacity” statistic.  Below you’ll see which schools’ fans bought up the highest percentage of tickets available:


National Rank 
School
Pct. of Stadium Capacity
2
Alabama
110.5%
9
Florida
102.2%
13
LSU
100.3%
15
Georgia
100.0%
19
Mississippi State
99.8%
29
Auburn
98.4%
31
Kentucky
97.7%
32
Tennessee
97.3%
39
Arkansas
95.7%
42
South Carolina
95.5%
45
Ole Miss
92.2%
60
Vanderbilt
83.6%



This still doesn’t account for the number of fans who showed up late (Kentucky), left early (Ole Miss) or failed to fill their stadium at all (Tennessee).  But until schools start releasing actual turnstile numbers, we’ll never know that data.  (Sidenote: The schools will never release turnstile numbers.)

As far as moving forward, expect attendance and those percent-capacity numbers to rise next season at Florida, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas and South Carolina.  Offseason excitement should lead to more tickets sold heading into 2011.

Expect decreases at Georgia, Kentucky and Ole Miss. 

As for Alabama and Vanderbilt — it’s hard to get much higher than 110% of capacity filled, so here’s guessing Bama’s at about that same number next year.  And despite James Franklin’s energy, it’s likely Vandy fans will take a wait and see approach with their “Who’d they hire?” coach before snapping up tickets.

 


4 comments
@capnken
@capnken

Note that NCAA capacity numbers can't be trusted. Why does Alabama show up at 110% of capacity? Because the NCAA still thinks Bryant-Denny holds just 92,000 fans. Look it up - (http://web1.ncaa.org/mfb/2010/Internet/attendance/fbs_attendance.html). Bama's attendance was an average of 101,821 per game. It's listed capacity now - 101,821.

Just a glancing look at the NCAA capacity ranking should be a tip-off not to trust it. The No. 1 "over capacity" team is Louisville at 120%. 50,000 fans a game at a stadium that seats just 42,000! Except that their stadium was expanded to 55,000+ last season.

Should have been easy to see those numbers don't make sense.

Cal
Cal

You could probably add Ole Miss to the show up late, AND the leave early category. Most leave the Grove and head into Vaught Hemingway Stadium after the first quarter and leave to go back to the Grove at halftime. A majority of Ole Miss fans see the second quarter and that's about it and many don't even see the second quarter.

@JustinAVogt
@JustinAVogt

Auburn does not report over 100% capacity. Several games last year were well over 100%, but it is not their policy. Likely, their game average would be over a sell out if they actually counted bodies in the stadium.

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