Hey, it’s time to take a look at NCAA Football attendance for the last week.  The good news? Division I averaged 29,810 in attendance last week. The bad news? We lead off with an FCS team playing at an NAIA field, so you know there will be good stuff. We’re talking sub-1,000 fans in attendance. Woo.  Let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division 1 attendance week 3: 300- Trinity International vs Valparaiso on Saturday. Valpo traveled to Deerfield, IL to face the NAIA Trojans of Trinity International, whose field is famous in the turf circles, apparently.  It’s unknown why […]

NCAA Football Attendance: 2017 Season, Week 3!


After setting the season record for longest game of the year last week in the Red Sox and Blue Jays going 19 innings, but the Red Sox decided that six hours was not good enough. This week they beat the Rays 13-6 in 15 innings, but managed to drag the game on for 6:05, five minutes longer than the previous longest game of the week.  Surely Red Sox fans rejoiced at such a prestigious honor. In the world of attendance, even the Rays managed to stay above the 10,000 mark as the entire MLB had a good week. Only the […]

Below The Box Score, Week of 9/18: A New Longest ...


Another of our weekly looks at NCAA Football Division I attendance this week. So let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division 1 attendance week 0/1: 1,103 – UT-Martin vs Clarion on Saturday. Playing a lower division team in front of only a 14.7% full stadium resulted in a 36-0 win, sending home happy the few Skyhawks fans that chose to attend. Worst overall Division 1 attendance week 2: 1,231 – St. Francis (PA) vs Wagner on Saturday. Despite the fact that the game featured two FCS teams, this wasn’t enough to draw butts into seats. The home fans were sent […]

NCAA Football Attendance: 2017 Season, Weeks 0, 1, and 2!



Well, the Rays have done it again: a new low attendance mark on the season.  And the season before that. And the one before that. All the way back to 2006, no team has drawn fewer than 8,000 fans (excluding hurricane-moved games and empty stadium games due to riots). The Rays on Tuesday went way below that: 6,509 fans in attendance. In fact, the attendance was so low, they didn’t even bother reporting the time of game.  The Rays then drew 7,185 the following afternoon to finish the series on a strong note.  The good news is that the Rays […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 9/11/17: Destroying The Lowest ...


With Labor Day upon us, and the expanded rosters of September have come, not changing average time of game much, luckily. However, with many teams’ fate decided, attendance had some surprises this week. Let’s take a look: With the Reds, White Sox, Orioles, Athletics, Phillies, Mariners, Marlins, Pirates, and Diamondbacks all having a game of fewer than 20,000, there were few surprises on the list, with the exception of the smoking-hot Orioles and the Wild-Card-leading-but-kinda-faltering Diamondbacks. Perhaps the Orioles numbers are more alarming, given that they averaged below the mark on the full week, along with the A’s, Phillies, Reds, […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 9/4: Labor Day Attendance ...


Having seen the A’s recent attempts at usurping the “Worst attendance in baseball” title from the Rays, Tampa set the bar high this week, by having only 8,264 fans show up for Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays. That was good enough for not only the season low (by over 500 fans) but also the lowest attended MLB game since 2012. On top of that, ejections were at the highest they’ve been for a week with 14 players or managers getting rung this week, over half spurring from the Tigers/Yankees game that had three separate brawls. Emotions still must have […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 8/27/17: Rays Go Sub ...



Not to be outdone by the Rays recent attendance struggles, the Athletics opened up this week drawing a meager 9,848 for their game against the Royals on Monday. Of course, this flies directly in the face of the recent trend of high attendance across the league, a trend that continued this week as only four teams had fewer than 20,000 in attendance for one game, including the A’s, Rays, Marlins, and Mariners.  Only the Rays and A’s averaged below the mark on the week.  Eight managed 40,000 in one game over the week (Dodgers, Rockies, Blue Jays, Yankees, Orioles, Mets, […]

Below the Box Score: Week of 8/21: Another Sub-10k Game ...


Once again the Rays have managed to draw fewer than 10,000 fans to a baseball game. This time it was against the defending AL Champion Cleveland Indians, who themselves last year had struggles with games drawing fewer than 10,000 fans early on. Not to be outdone by the American League, the Reds managed to play four games with between 13,600 and 16,200 in attendance, putting the Reds a full 1,700 fans lower in average attendance on the full week than the Rays, who managed to draw over 20,000 on both Saturday and Sunday. Only the aforementioned Reds, A’s and White […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 8/14: Rays Sub-10K Again!


The Royals have single-handedly vaulted themselves into a second place in the ejections race for the team title by getting rung thrice this week, giving them an overall ejection count of five, tied with the Dodgers, and still six behind the White Sox, who are running away with the title.  The AL continued to outpace the NL, widening the gap between the leagues to 13 ejections. The question that arises is whether the junior circuit is better at ejections or all star games than its senior counterpart. Only four teams drew fewer than 20,000 this week, with the Rays, White […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 8/7: Royals Ejected More ...



With 14 ejections last week, we had a season high for players and managers getting tossed. Astonishingly, 12 of those 14 happened to the home team, and three games featured multiple ejections, with the Rangers having two tossed, the Giants having two, and the Blue Jays winning on the season with two players and a manager being ejected in a single game.  The season total of ejections crosses the 100 mark with the AL having an 11 ejection lead. This mirrors last year, which begs the question: Does the DH lead to hostility against umpires?   Onto attendance and stop […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 7/31: A New Season ...


Triple digits in Kansas City this week was the highlight, the first 100 degree game outside of Phoenix this season. Especially impressive considering the game’s 7 PM start time.  Neither starting pitcher made it past the fifth, with the game eventually going ten and the sweaty Royals fans going home sweaty but happy after 4:10 of baseball.   The A’s joined the Rays as the only teams with a sub-10,000 attended game this year as they had 9,736 show up to their game against the, you guessed it, Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.  It turns out that a small fan […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 7/24: We Dog Days ...


First off, apologies for the delay in the Below the Box Score for the past few weeks, I was out of the country. I’m sure you care. Besides, there was the all-star break in there, which makes this column pretty dull (unless someone gets ejected in the ASG!) Plenty of ejections over the past few weeks, nearing 100 on the season as the NL has narrowed the gap to just five behind the AL, 51-46. This was led by the D-backs, Reds, and Rockies all with a pair of ejections.   Attendance was once again stellar with nine below 20,000 […]

Below the Box Score, June 29-July 15: Catching Up!