Nov 17, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; An empty section of bleachers during the third quarter between the Illinois Fighting Illini and Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

College football attendance down 3% from from 2012

According to an analysis published by today, college football attendance has dropped 3% from this time of year in 2012. What’s especially troubling for the people raking in big money from college football — you know, the players — is that 2012 had the lowest average attendance since 2003.

What, are you people not excited to spend $25 to see Alabama take on South-Southeastern Polytechnic College of the Carolinas?

As the study said:

So far this season, 13 of the top 25 attendance leaders are down compared to the first five weeks of 2012. Three declined only less than 1 percent. Six dropped by 4 percent or more: Penn State (4 percent), USC (23 percent), Michigan State (8 percent), Iowa (6 percent), Arkansas (7 percent) and Virginia Tech (4 percent).

A similar report was published by The Wall Street Journal last week. The Journal found that student attendance at major programs has dropped, forcing schools to employ various gimmicks — like the Oregon Ducks giving away free Jack in the Box meals — to attract students to the stadium. Considering the convenience of watching a game at home, where beer is plentiful and potentially inclement weather is a non-factor, it’s not hard to see why more students would prefer to spend their Saturdays away from the bleachers.


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