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College Football has largest attendance drop in 34 years
Major-college football experienced its largest per-game attendance drop in 34 years and second-largest ever, according to recently released NCAA figures.

Attendance among the 129 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams in 2017 was down an average of 1,409 fans per game from 2016. That marked the largest drop since 1983 when average attendance declined 1,527 fans per game from 1982.

The 2017 FBS average of 42,203 fans per game is the lowest since 1997.

That average attendance drop marked the second-sharpest decline since the NCAA began keeping track of college football attendance in 1948. For the first time in history, average attendance declined nationally for four consecutive seasons.

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02-13-2018 02:38 PM
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RE: College Football has largest attendance drop in 34 years
So, an inherently flawed playoff structure only rewards four teams, and, basically, only four teams from major conferences.

There is no incentive to go to games if you have half of FBS basically kept at bay from the championship, and, if you are a major, the season may end after just one loss, but definitely two.

Yeah, no crap attendance is dropping.

But, really...I think a more explainable version is how college games are not committing to kickoff times as early as they used to, with TBD ruling the day for some programs. That is just extremely hard to have to navigate no matter what level of fan you are. Fatigued. The pro's have essentially three options on any given Sunday, and, really, it's very coordinated (and only two teams play on Sunday nights). In CFB, you may be 12, 3:30, 7-8, or that 10/10:30. Give the fans a break. Especially certain schools who almost never seem to go back to early games if they're top teams as the season rolls on. Heck, be even remotely in the playoff discussion, and kiss those noon kickoff's goodbye...and that's brutal to fans who have to go to college (note, not pro) stadiums and endure the wait.
02-13-2018 03:01 PM
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RE: College Football has largest attendance drop in 34 years
I'll go with technology and price. Example Rutgers doubled the parking price just outside the stadium in the park next to it and ticket prices have double in some cases for B10 games. I can sit home with a cooler of beer next to the chair and run my typical tailgate outside before the game and inside while watching up to 11 games at a time inside on a typical Saturday game day rain or shine. What use to cost $150 to $200 dollars a game will now cost $300 to $400 a game. So instead of going to on average 4 to 5 games a year you go to 2 maybe 3 games a year.
Basically I have my own private box at home in the TV cave and save money.

The kids at the colleges do the same thing with wide screen HD TVs. They party in the dorms and frats, go to the game in the second quarter and leave in the third quarter to finish watching the game on TV while getting credit for use of their tickets and party on in the dorms until the end of the game. We watch that play out all the time at Rutgers now when we attend the games. New time and era, and the attendance will continue to decline as prices continue to go up while wages for the average spectator continue to stagnate and decline for the average American household. 07-coffee3
02-13-2018 03:06 PM
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RE: College Football has largest attendance drop in 34 years
The decline began after 2010, and basically was masked by the SEC continuing to rise until it peaked in 2015. But now it too is declining. Overall drop has been 10.4% since 2010, the SEC is down 4.7% from it's peak in just two years. (I use peak /current to get drop, Dodd gets a smaller 3.7% SEC drop by using the other ratio current/peak)

The factors are many, but the playoff is not one, at least not in the sense Cutter means. They are part of the issue in the sense that the shift in value of college went from traditional regular season rivalries to pro sports like championship. Beating your cross State rival fell more into the category of consolation prize, rather than raison d'ĂȘtre for football fans. Bowl games below the Championship became "exhibition" games. But this is all tactical, not the root of the problem.
02-13-2018 03:15 PM
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RE: College Football has largest attendance drop in 34 years
^ Both mentions in the posts above are factors:

- The G5 and middle to lower tier P5 games have been rendered meaningless. Life is great for the likes of Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, et al. but for the rest of us that follow other schools the casual fans are staying home more often unless it is a special occasion.

- Technology is certainly a factor. Its just too easy and affordable to sit on the recline and watch the game on the big screen TV, where you have access to multiple cameras, instant replay, ability to slow footage and show close-ups. Moreover, we live in a society that is permanently affixed to their hand held devices and in a lot of stadiums getting access to Wi-Fi is fruitless.

- Pricing. Buying season tickets are expensive. As are concessions. Why pay all that money when you can sit on your recliner, watch the game on TV with all the angles and consume your food and beverage you buy at the store?

- Time. Going to a football game is an all day experience, even if you live in the city where your school resides. At the minimum it is a 4 hour commitment--- it is 6-7 or more if you tailgate and/or go out afterward.
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RE: College Football has largest attendance drop in 34 years
(02-13-2018 03:17 PM)CliftonAve Wrote:  - Pricing. Buying season tickets are expensive. As are concessions. Why pay all that money when you can sit on your recliner, watch the game on TV with all the angles and consume your food and beverage you buy at the store?

This one I have to disagree with, at least at the G5 level. I've seen season ticket prices at a lot of G5 schools in the $100 to $200 range. That is a pretty great deal considering what it costs to go to a lot of sporting events and concerts nowadays.
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RE: College Football has largest attendance drop in 34 years
(02-13-2018 03:17 PM)CliftonAve Wrote:  - Time. Going to a football game is an all day experience, even if you live in the city where your school resides. At the minimum it is a 4 hour commitment--- it is 6-7 or more if you tailgate and/or go out afterward.

It's the amount of time and it's the time of the day when the games start. It's brutal in the east-coast and Midwest for games to start later in the day, especially after September. And, it's impossible to plan when kickoff times aren't set until a week or two before the game. CFB doesn't get my whole day. I'll support my teams over a beer at the local bar with friends or on my couch.

I'll add it's much more of a pain having to be flexible on a Saturday rather than a Sunday.
02-13-2018 03:45 PM
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RE: College Football has largest attendance drop in 34 years
The trend is definitely down. But there were a couple unique factors to 2017 which may make the decline look higher than it actually is:

(1) Bristol game in 2016 that drew 157K. Replace that game with a game that drew 100K --- and that alone explains 0.89% of the 3.23% drop. (the Bristol game, of course, makes 2016's -0.07% decline vs 2015 look better than reality).

(2) UAB played football in 2017 but not in 2016. UAB had an average attendance of 26,375 for their 6 home games in 2017. The inclusion of those 6 UAB home games explains 0.29% of the 3.23% drop.

So that's 1.14% of the 3.23% drop right there. More in line with other years in the 2010s.

It is undeniable though, that the trend is definitely down.
(This post was last modified: 02-13-2018 04:08 PM by Nittany_Bearcat.)
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RE: College Football has largest attendance drop in 34 years
(02-13-2018 03:01 PM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  So, an inherently flawed playoff structure only rewards four teams, and, basically, only four teams from major conferences.

There is no incentive to go to games if you have half of FBS basically kept at bay from the championship, and, if you are a major, the season may end after just one loss, but definitely two.

Yeah, no crap attendance is dropping.


I'm going to go with this. There are about 10-15 schools that have real shot at winning a NC.

Also, televisions are nicer and cheaper than they were 20 years ago.
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RE: College Football has largest attendance drop in 34 years
(02-13-2018 04:17 PM)firmbizzle Wrote:  
(02-13-2018 03:01 PM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  So, an inherently flawed playoff structure only rewards four teams, and, basically, only four teams from major conferences.

There is no incentive to go to games if you have half of FBS basically kept at bay from the championship, and, if you are a major, the season may end after just one loss, but definitely two.

Yeah, no crap attendance is dropping.


I'm going to go with this. There are about 10-15 schools that have real shot at winning a NC.

That's always been the case, though.
02-13-2018 04:21 PM
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