Spring football attendance figures for Saturday: There's the SEC, and there's almost everyone else

Three Big Ten squads had to postpone due to weather

Mike Hlas
Published: April 15 2012 | 2:19 pm - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 4:43 pm in
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The story stays the same. Southeastern Conference fans are hotter for football than fans anywhere else.

Look at these announced attendance figures from the eight SEC teams that held their spring football games on Saturday:

Alabama 78,526

Georgia 44,117

Auburn 43,427

Florida 38,000

South Carolina 34,513

LSU 33,000

Missouri 18,614

Vanderbilt 8,500

The Big Ten didn't have much to report Saturday because a) Only seven of its 12 teams had their spring finales Saturday and b) Three of those were cancelled (Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue) because of inclement weather.

At Indiana and Purdue, that wouldn't have meant much, attendance-wise. But at Nebraska, it's a major disappointment. They routinely bring in fifty, sixty thousand fans at $10 a ticket for the spring game.

I couldn't find a crowd-count for Northwestern's spring game. And I looked. I'm guessing it wasn't large. That leaves us with:

Michigan 25,000

Iowa 15,000 (Cedar Rapids Gazette estimate)

Illinois 3,000

Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State go this Saturday, Michigan State and Wisconsin on April 28.

Here are others who have played their spring games:

Big 12

Texas 46,000 (April 1)

Oklahoma 20,000

Iowa State 5,000

Texas Tech 3,000

Baylor 2,750

ACC

Florida State 40,631

Clemson 28,000

North Carolina 17,000

Miami 10,000

Virginia 8,500

Wake Forest 5,400

Boston College 200

I couldn't find a crowd-count for Duke.

Pac-12

USC 15,515

Colorado 7,100

Stanford 5,000

Arizona 4,800

Big East

Louisville 15,000

Pittsburgh 4,617

Cincinnati (cancelled, bad weather)

Others FBS

Boise State 17,123

Army 10,000

East Carolina 7,114

Arkansas State 6,115

Louisiana Tech 5,257

Houston 5,137

BYU 5,000 (scrimmage)

Memphis 4,000

Louisiana Monroe 3,000

Southern Mississippi 2,585

Tulsa 2,500

Temple 2,500

Toledo 1,000

UTEP 400 (scrimmage)

Fresno State "a few hundred" according to the Fresno Bee

Lower divisions

Georgia Southern 2,500

Western Carolina 1,500

William and Mary 1,500

Coastal Carolina 1,272

South Carolina State 600

Michigan Tech 562

Richmond 500
 
 

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