NCAA Football Attendance, 2017 Conference Championship Week and FCS Playoffs

Time again for your week in review on NCAA Division I Football attendance.  With FCS playoffs and conference championships mixed up with hurricane makeup games, there was plenty of action despite the relatively small number of games.  This will be our last weekly edition, though we will post a bowl result (assuming bowls report their attendance, which not all have done in the past).  Enough chit-chat, let’s get to it:

Worst overall Division I attendance week 14: 4,401 – Sam Houston vs South Dakota – The Bearkats hosted the Coyotes of South Dakota and despite it being the second round of FCS playoffs, the fans weren’t impressed. As you can see at the beginning of the video below, ample seating was available.  Sam Houston even took the win home 54-42.  Luckily, they will have the opportunity to turn the trend around as they host Kennesaw State next weekend.

Worst overall FBS attendance week 14: 14,004 – FIU vs UMass – A hurricane makeup game involving a team that had already clinched its bowl berth facing another that has nothing further to play for… Who would’ve thought that attendance would be wretched?  Fans opted to save their money for FIU’s bowl game, up I-75 in Tampa in two week’s time.  FIU finished their season strong with a 63-45 win.


Worst overall Power Five attendance week 14: 48,013 – Pac 12 Championship – USC vs Stanford. The Pac 12 Championship has already gotten a reputation as the worst fan support of all the major conference championships, and once again it lived up to the hype. Only filling up 70% of the stadium, and with tickets selling below $20 before kickoff, the Pac 12 continues to fight longstanding east coast bias preventing fans from having any interest in their games.  Or maybe it’s the Friday 5 PM kickoff.  Either way, USC won 31-28, sending the Stanford nerds home to their high-paying tech startup jobs. Utter tragedy.




Emptiest FCS stadium as a percentage of capacity, week 14: Grambling (34.3% full, 24,610 in attendance)

Emptiest FBS stadium as a percentage of capacity, week 14: MAC Championship (25% full, 16,225 in attendance)

Emptiest FBS Power Five stadium as a percentage of capacity, week 14: Pac 12 Championship (70.1% full, 48,031 in attendance)



And now, for your browsing pleasure, every game and the corresponding attendance for week 14.



Week 14:

DateDivisionConferenceHome TeamHome ScoreAway TeamAway ScoreAttendanceVenueCapacity% Full
12/2/2017FCSSouthlandSam Houston54South Dakota424401Bowers Stadium1259334.9%
12/2/2017FCSSouthernWofford28Furman105153Gibbs Stadium1300039.6%
12/2/2017FCSSouthlandCent Arkansas15UNH216243Estes Stadium900069.4%
12/2/2017FCSMissouri ValleySouth Dakota St37Northern Iowa227815Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium1934040.4%
12/2/2017FCSBig SkySouthern Utah13Weber State3011811Eccles Coliseum8500139.0%
12/2/2017FBSConference USAFIU63UMass4514004FIU Stadium2350059.6%
12/2/2017FBSSun BeltGeorgia State10Idaho2414163Georgia State Stadium2433358.2%
12/2/2017FBSConference USAFAU41North Texas1714258FAU Football Stadium3000047.5%
12/2/2017FBSSun BeltC. Carolina28Ga Southern1715951Brooks Stadium15000106.3%
12/2/2017FBSMACToledo45Akron2816225Ford Field6500025.0%
12/2/2017FCSColonial AthleticJMU26Stony Brook716449Bridgeforth Stadium2500065.8%
12/2/2017FCSMissouri ValleyNorth Dakota St38San Diego318067Fargodome1900095.1%
12/2/2017FBSSun BeltAppalachian St63Louisiana1423411Kidd Brewer Stadium2405097.3%
12/2/2017FBSMountain WestBoise State17Fresno State1424515Albertsons Stadium3638767.4%
12/2/2017FCSSWACGrambling40Alcorn State3224610NRG Stadium7179534.3%
12/2/2017FBSSun BeltNew Mexico St22South Alabama1726268Aggie Memorial Stadium3299379.6%
12/2/2017FBSSun BeltArkansas State25Troy3227462Centennial Bank Stadium3096488.7%
12/2/2017FBSThe AmericanUCF62Memphis5541433Spectrum Stadium4845385.5%
12/1/2017FBSPac 12USC31Stanford2848031Levi's Stadium6850070.1%
12/2/2017FBSACCFlorida State42UL Monroe1058780Doak Campbell Stadium7956073.9%
12/2/2017FBSBig 12Oklahoma41TCU1764104AT&T Stadium8000080.1%
12/2/2017FBSBig TenWisconsin21Ohio State2765886Lucas Oil Stadium62421105.6%
12/2/2017FBSACCClemson38Miami374372Bank of America Stadium7552598.5%
12/2/2017FBSSECAuburn7Georgia2876534Mercedes-Benz Stadium8300092.2%