Woe is the NCAA: Football attendance takes a little dip in 2009
Posted By: George Paschal
The NCAA is sitting slightly less pretty in 2009 compared to 2008, as they’ve had to endure a near 1% drop in attendance this year.
Ok, not a huge drop, but isn’t that a great to hear? Considering the economy, I was expecting the average Joe’s ability to casually attend ball games to be greatly affected. I heard it on radio and read it in the newspapers…I was curious how things would shake out come seasons end. Well it’s hardly a reason to celebrate, but it’s certainly better than it could have been.
The less than 1% change saw the official numbers go down from 48.8 million to 48.3 million. However, while it’ not an alarming dip, it’s still slightly indicative of hard times. NCAA statistician Gary K. Johnson suggested that after many years of increasing attendance numbers the rate would have to plateau at some point. Perhaps the downturn in the economy was the perfect catalyst to put the breaks on the racing attendance figures.
The Texas Longhorns led the nation in attendance, obviously, with a porterhouse average of 108,933 cowboys and cowgirls per game. As far as conferences go, the mighty SEC was king of the castle in 2009 averaging 76,288 butts in the seats across the southeast. Comparing those numbers to the national average of 46,281, it seems pretty obvious to me that the only way to join the big boys is to adopt a serious superiority complex, add a few pounds, and drop a few IQ points.
See ya out there…if you can afford it.