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Attendance Comparison with AAC
Since the AAC views itself as the next conference to join the Power 5, its interesting to compare their average attendances with UAB's and the rest of C-USA. UAB would be in the upper half of the AAC in attendance. The AAC has some teams that do pretty well year in and year out, but they need to increase attendance by 20K across the board before they can be serious contenders with the P5 conferences in attendance. ECU use to average about 50K, but they are having a bad year. Even with Virginia Tech playing there for a game, they are still down about 10K. Not sure how these numbers compare with the MWC, Sunbelt and MAC.

ECU 39,609 (3 games)
Houston 37,642 (2 games)
UCF 36,043 (2 games)
Cincinnati 33,284 (2 games)
Memphis 32,713 (3 games)
Navy 31,777 (2 games)
South Fla. 28,730 (3 games)
Temple 27,351 (3 games)
SMU 21,506 (4 games)
UConn 19,236 (2 games)
Tulsa 19,046 (3 games)
Tulane 16,292 (2 games)

UAB 32,405 (3 games)
Louisiana Tech 24,705 (3 games)
UTSA 24,305 (2 games)
Marshall 23,254 (2 games)
Southern Miss 23,002 (3 games)
UTEP 20,562 (3 games)
Rice 20,349 (2 games)
Old Dominion 20,118 (3 games)
North Texas 19,867 (2 games)
Middle Tennessee 19,589 (3 games)
Florida Atlantic 19,379 (3 games)
Western Kentucky 17,476 (3 games)
FIU 15,348 (1 game)
Charlotte 13,421 (3 games)
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RE: Attendance Comparison with AAC
(10-09-2017 10:48 PM)Ramblin Wreck Wrote:  Since the AAC views itself as the next conference to join the Power 5, its interesting to compare their average attendances with UAB's and the rest of C-USA. UAB would be in the upper half of the AAC in attendance. The AAC has some teams that do pretty well year in and year out, but they need to increase attendance by 20K across the board before they can be serious contenders with the P5 conferences in attendance. ECU use to average about 50K, but they are having a bad year. Even with Virginia Tech playing there for a game, they are still down about 10K. Not sure how these numbers compare with the MWC, Sunbelt and MAC.

ECU 39,609 (3 games)
Houston 37,642 (2 games)
UCF 36,043 (2 games)
Cincinnati 33,284 (2 games)
Memphis 32,713 (3 games)
Navy 31,777 (2 games)
South Fla. 28,730 (3 games)
Temple 27,351 (3 games)
SMU 21,506 (4 games)
UConn 19,236 (2 games)
Tulsa 19,046 (3 games)
Tulane 16,292 (2 games)

UAB 32,405 (3 games)
Louisiana Tech 24,705 (3 games)
UTSA 24,305 (2 games)
Marshall 23,254 (2 games)
Southern Miss 23,002 (3 games)
UTEP 20,562 (3 games)
Rice 20,349 (2 games)
Old Dominion 20,118 (3 games)
North Texas 19,867 (2 games)
Middle Tennessee 19,589 (3 games)
Florida Atlantic 19,379 (3 games)
Western Kentucky 17,476 (3 games)
FIU 15,348 (1 game)
Charlotte 13,421 (3 games)

Memphis' first game was played in the remnants of a tropical storm featuring sideways rain and tornado sirens, so that throws off the numbers.

UL-Monroe: 10,263
UCLA: 46,291
Southern Illinois: 41,584

we play #25 Navy this weekend and that game should draw somewhere between the SIU crowd and the UCLA crowd if weather holds.
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RE: Attendance Comparison with AAC
It is very important for us to show that this is not just a one year feel good story but the new UAB that is here to stay. Do that and if there is a next round of realignment, we would be able to check all the important boxes. (Market, Attendance, Budget, Stadium, Airport...)
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RE: Attendance Comparison with AAC
We have to have the largest change in attendance in history, with a +32,405 difference from 2016.

Seriously though, I wouldn't have guessed us being at the top of the conference.
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RE: Attendance Comparison with AAC
(10-10-2017 12:15 AM)UofMemphis Wrote:  
(10-09-2017 10:48 PM)Ramblin Wreck Wrote:  Since the AAC views itself as the next conference to join the Power 5, its interesting to compare their average attendances with UAB's and the rest of C-USA. UAB would be in the upper half of the AAC in attendance. The AAC has some teams that do pretty well year in and year out, but they need to increase attendance by 20K across the board before they can be serious contenders with the P5 conferences in attendance. ECU use to average about 50K, but they are having a bad year. Even with Virginia Tech playing there for a game, they are still down about 10K. Not sure how these numbers compare with the MWC, Sunbelt and MAC.

ECU 39,609 (3 games)
Houston 37,642 (2 games)
UCF 36,043 (2 games)
Cincinnati 33,284 (2 games)
Memphis 32,713 (3 games)
Navy 31,777 (2 games)
South Fla. 28,730 (3 games)
Temple 27,351 (3 games)
SMU 21,506 (4 games)
UConn 19,236 (2 games)
Tulsa 19,046 (3 games)
Tulane 16,292 (2 games)

UAB 32,405 (3 games)
Louisiana Tech 24,705 (3 games)
UTSA 24,305 (2 games)
Marshall 23,254 (2 games)
Southern Miss 23,002 (3 games)
UTEP 20,562 (3 games)
Rice 20,349 (2 games)
Old Dominion 20,118 (3 games)
North Texas 19,867 (2 games)
Middle Tennessee 19,589 (3 games)
Florida Atlantic 19,379 (3 games)
Western Kentucky 17,476 (3 games)
FIU 15,348 (1 game)
Charlotte 13,421 (3 games)

Memphis' first game was played in the remnants of a tropical storm featuring sideways rain and tornado sirens, so that throws off the numbers.

UL-Monroe: 10,263
UCLA: 46,291
Southern Illinois: 41,584

we play #25 Navy this weekend and that game should draw somewhere between the SIU crowd and the UCLA crowd if weather holds.

No, it doesn't "throw off the numbers". It is a reason the numbers are not higher, and every school has them, but those are the actual numbers.
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RE: Attendance Comparison with AAC
AAC has eight teams with higher attendance than the second place team in C-USA.
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I'd rather have the Open Your Brian dude back than hear about Tiger High's attendance numbers.
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RE: Attendance Comparison with AAC
I agree with prior observations that our "core" fanbase probably doubled since the return (20,000 now vs 10,000 previously). The key now is to use our relative early success (both on the field and in the stands) and try to convert the curious/casual fan (currently about 12,000 in my estimation) in to that "core" fanbase group. It won't happen overnight, but I think that a "core" fanbase of 25,000-30,000 will not only make us very competitive for any future conference realignments, but also gives us a platform from which to push for an oncampus stadium (if the BJCC stadium doesn't progress in the meantime).
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RE: Attendance Comparison with AAC
(10-10-2017 08:16 AM)ICB Wrote:  It is very important for us to show that this is not just a one year feel good story but the new UAB that is here to stay. Do that and if there is a next round of realignment, we would be able to check all the important boxes. (Market, Attendance, Budget, Stadium, Airport...)

UAB can tick off two of those, and market only counts if they want to get into an SEC market. There's no stadium yet, and I would wait to start trumpeting the budget until you see what it's like in year 5 (or hell, even the end of the year with Bill Clark's renewal)

UAB fans are great at counting chickens before the eggs have even been laid
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