NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 9: Sub-1000 FCS Game


Week nine saw average attendance drop by nearly 1,000 from 24,044 to 23,087 across all of Division I, largely on the back of poor weather throughout the midwest, I’m guessing. Five games were below 10,000 in the FBS, three in the MAC and two in Conference USA. Let’s take a look at how everyone else fared, shall we?

Worst overall Division I attendance: 878 – Valparaiso vs Stetson. A pouring Saturday with temperatures in the 40s to see a non-scholarship D1 team in a 19-10 slogfest that at least the home team won. So surely someone was happy about going to the game, but there couldn’t have been much reason to otherwise, as the poor Florida based Stetson Hatters jumped on the sidelines all game to keep warm:

Worst overall FBS attendance: 5,572 – Ball State vs Ohio.  More driving rain, a 4-3 Ball State team that won’t be challenging for a MAC title against a bad Ohio Bobcats team seems to be the combination that draws below 6,000 to an FBS game, but at least the band was out in full force:

Worst overall Power Five attendance: 23,058 – Rutgers vs Liberty. You’re telling me that not a lot of people wanted to see the new-to-FBS Liberty Flames come in and be a seven point favorite over Rutgers? Surely you jest, but it seems that the Scarlet Knights ran into that problem last week. A problem they overcame with a 44-34 victory that might inspire a few more folks to show up next week. An action shot:

Emptiest FCS stadium as a percentage of capacity: Florida A&M (4.1% full, 1,051 in attendance)

Emptiest FBS stadium as a percentage of capacity: Northern Illinois (19.6% full, 9,027 in attendance)

Emptiest FBS Power Five stadium as a percentage of capacity: UCLA (43% full, 39,811 in attendance)

And now, for your browsing pleasure, every game and the corresponding attendance for week 9.

Enjoy!

Week 9:

Date
Division
Conference
Home Team
Home Score
Away Team
Away Score
Attendance
Venue
Capacity
% Full
10/26/2019
FCS
Pioneer
Valparaiso
19
Stetson
10
878
Brown Field
5000
17.6%
10/26/2019
FCS
Northeast
St. Francis (PA)
33
Sacred Heart
36
1045
DeGol Field
3450
30.3%
10/20/2019
FCS
MEAC
Florida A&M
34
North Carolina A&T
31
1051
Bragg Memorial Stadium
25500
4.1%
10/26/2019
FCS
Northeast
Robert Morris
24
Bryant
20
1496
Joe Walton Stadium
5000
29.9%
10/26/2019
FCS
Southern
Samford
24
East Tennessee State
17
1521
Seibert Stadium
6700
22.7%
10/24/2019
FCS
SWAC
Prairie View A&M
35
Jackson State
38
1614
Panther Stadium
15000
10.8%
10/26/2019
FCS
Northeast
Merrimack
24
Presbyterian
21
1721
Duane Stadium
4000
43.0%
10/26/2019
FCS
Big South
Gardner-Webb
47
Campbell
49
1890
Ernest W. Spangler Stadium
9000
21.0%
10/26/2019
FCS
Pioneer
Dayton
38
San Diego
50
1969
Welcome Stadium
11000
17.9%
10/26/2019
FCS
Pioneer
Drake
36
Morehead State
17
2134
Drake Stadium (IA)
14557
14.7%
10/26/2019
FCS
Southland
Houston Baptist
13
Southeastern Louisiana
52
2158
Husky Stadium
5000
43.2%
10/26/2019
FCS
Northeast
Duquesne
28
Wagner
24
2452
Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field
2200
111.5%
10/26/2019
FCS
Ohio Valley
Southeast Missouri State
17
Tennessee-Martin
10
2467
Houck Stadium
11015
22.4%
10/26/2019
FCS
Ohio Valley
Tennessee Tech
21
Austin Peay
58
2572
Tucker Stadium
16500
15.6%
10/26/2019
FCS
SWAC
Mississippi Valley State
35
Texas Southern
14
2679
Rice-Totten Stadium
10000
26.8%
10/26/2019
FCS
MEAC
Morgan State
12
Florida A&M
24
2786
Hughes Stadium (MD)
10000
27.9%
10/26/2019
FCS
Northeast
Central Connecticut State
28
Long Island
0
3156
Arute Field
5500
57.4%
10/26/2019
FCS
Big South
Charleston Southern
13
Monmouth
35
3358
Buccaneer Field
4000
84.0%
10/26/2019
FCS
Southland
Incarnate Word
41
Northwestern State
44
3373
Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium
6000
56.2%
10/26/2019
FCS
Pioneer
Butler
24
Jacksonville
14
3484
Butler Bowl
7500
46.5%
10/26/2019
FCS
Big Sky
Southern Utah
59
Idaho State
34
3809
Eccles Coliseum
8500
44.8%
10/26/2019
FCS
Ohio Valley
Eastern Illinois
6
Eastern Kentucky
33
4000
O'Brien Stadium
10000
40.0%
10/26/2019
FCS
Pioneer
Davidson
21
Marist
27
4144
Richardson Stadium (Davidson, NC)
6000
69.1%
10/25/2019
FCS
Ivy League
Dartmouth
59
Columbia
24
4221
Memorial Field (Dartmouth)
11000
38.4%
10/26/2019
FCS
Ivy League
Cornell
37
Brown
35
4271
Schoellkopf Field
25597
16.7%
10/26/2019
FCS
Southern
Wofford
35
Chattanooga
34
4445
Gibbs Stadium
13000
34.2%
10/26/2019
FCS
Big South
Kennesaw State
41
North Alabama
17
4546
Fifth Third Bank Stadium
8318
54.7%
10/26/2019
FCS
Missouri Valley
South Dakota
28
Southern Illinois
48
4734
DakotaDome
10000
47.3%
10/26/2019
FCS
Ivy League
Yale
46
Penn
41
4990
Yale Bowl
61446
8.1%
10/26/2019
FCS
Southland
Nicholls State
31
Abilene Christian
37
5012
John L. Guidry Stadium
10500
47.7%
10/26/2019
FCS
MEAC
North Carolina Central
30
Delaware State
23
5026
O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium
10000
50.3%
10/26/2019
FCS
Colonial Athletic
Villanova
35
Stony Brook
36
5109
Villanova Stadium
12500
40.9%
10/26/2019
FCS
Patriot League
Lafayette
21
Bucknell
17
5325
Fisher Stadium
13132
40.5%
10/26/2019
FBS
MAC
Ball State
21
Ohio
34
5572
Scheumann Stadium
23861
23.4%
10/26/2019
FCS
Missouri Valley
Missouri State
6
Northern Iowa
29
6583
Plaster Sports Complex
17500
37.6%
10/26/2019
FCS
Patriot League
Lehigh
27
Georgetown
24
7031
Goodman Stadium
16000
43.9%
10/26/2019
FCS
Big Sky
Cal Poly
14
Sacramento State
38
7032
Alex G. Spanos Stadium
11075
63.5%
10/26/2019
FCS
Big Sky
Northern Arizona
31
Portland State
29
7324
J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome
11230
65.2%
10/26/2019
FCS
SWAC
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
33
Grambling
39
7513
Golden Lion Stadium
16000
47.0%
10/26/2019
FCS
Big Sky
UC-Davis
20
Weber State
36
8105
Aggie Stadium (UC Davis)
10743
75.4%
10/26/2019
FCS
Colonial Athletic
Maine
34
William & Mary
25
8123
Alfond Stadium
8419
96.5%
10/26/2019
FCS
Southern
Western Carolina
7
Furman
28
8174
E.J. Whitmire Stadium
13742
59.5%
10/26/2019
FBS
Conference USA
Charlotte
39
North Texas
38
8245
McColl-Richardson Field
15314
53.8%
10/26/2019
FCS
Southland
Stephen F. Austin
10
McNeese State
33
8335
Homer Bryce Stadium
14575
57.2%
10/26/2019
FBS
MAC
Kent State
16
Miami (OH)
23
8455
Dix Stadium
25000
33.8%
10/26/2019
FCS
Missouri Valley
Illinois State
24
Indiana State
7
8510
Hancock Stadium
13391
63.6%
10/26/2019
FCS
Independent
North Dakota
16
Montana State
12
8594
Alerus Center
12283
70.0%
10/26/2019
FCS
Colonial Athletic
Rhode Island
13
Elon
38
8911
Meade Stadium
6555
135.9%
10/26/2019
FBS
MAC
Northern Illinois
49
Akron
0
9027
Huskie Stadium
45995
19.6%
10/26/2019
FCS
Ivy League
Princeton
30
Harvard
24
9078
Princeton Stadium
27773
32.7%
10/26/2019
FCS
Southland
Central Arkansas
29
Sam Houston State
25
9363
Estes Stadium
10000
93.6%
10/26/2019
FBS
Conference USA
Middle Tennessee
50
Florida International
17
9512
Floyd Stadium
30788
30.9%
10/26/2019
FCS
Missouri Valley
Youngstown State
59
Western Illinois
14
10437
Stambaugh Stadium
20630
50.6%
10/26/2019
FCS
Ohio Valley
Jacksonville State
14
Murray State
12
10786
JSU Stadium
24000
44.9%
10/26/2019
FBS
Sun Belt
Georgia Southern
41
New Mexico State
7
10907
Allen E. Paulson Stadium
25000
43.6%
10/26/2019
FCS
Patriot League
Holy Cross
31
Colgate
10
10926
Fitton Field
23500
46.5%
10/26/2019
FCS
Southern
The Citadel
35
Mercer
24
11439
Johnson Hagood Stadium
21000
54.5%
10/26/2019
FCS
MEAC
Bethune-Cookman
19
South Carolina State
27
12204
Municipal Stadium (FL)
9601
127.1%
10/26/2019
FBS
Independent
Massachusetts
35
Connecticut
56
12234
Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium
17000
72.0%
10/26/2019
FBS
Mountain West
New Mexico
31
Hawaii
45
12617
Dreamstyle Stadium
44074
28.6%
10/26/2019
FBS
Sun Belt
Georgia State
52
Troy
33
14527
Georgia State Stadium
24333
59.7%
10/26/2019
FBS
MAC
Buffalo
43
Central Michigan
20
14850
UB Stadium
29795
49.8%
10/26/2019
FCS
Big South
Hampton
56
VU of Lynchburg
6
15000
Armstrong Stadium
17000
88.2%
10/26/2019
FCS
Colonial Athletic
Delaware
25
Richmond
35
15308
Delaware Stadium
22000
69.6%
10/26/2019
FCS
SWAC
Alcorn State
27
Southern
13
15993
Jack Spinks Stadium
22500
71.1%
10/26/2019
FBS
Conference USA
UTEP
21
Louisiana Tech
42
16084
Sun Bowl
53415
30.1%
10/26/2019
FBS
Mountain West
Wyoming
31
Nevada
3
16126
War Memorial Stadium (WY)
34745
46.4%
10/26/2019
FBS
MAC
Western Michigan
49
Bowling Green
10
16778
Waldo Stadium
36361
46.1%
10/26/2019
FBS
The American
Tulsa
41
Memphis
42
17183
Chapman Stadium
30000
57.3%
10/26/2019
FBS
Conference USA
Old Dominion
3
Florida Atlantic
41
17744
S.B. Ballard Stadium
22480
78.9%
10/26/2019
FBS
Sun Belt
South Alabama
3
Appalachian State
30
17969
Ladd-Peebles Stadium
40646
44.2%
10/26/2019
FBS
MAC
Toledo
37
Eastern Michigan
34
18061
Glass Bowl
36852
49.0%
10/26/2019
FBS
Mountain West
Air Force
31
Utah State
7
19248
Falcon Stadium
56162
34.3%
10/26/2019
FCS
Missouri Valley
South Dakota State
16
North Dakota State
23
19371
Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
19340
100.2%
10/26/2019
FBS
Mountain West
UNLV
17
San Diego State
20
19652
Sam Boyd Stadium
41091
47.8%
10/26/2019
FBS
Conference USA
Rice
6
Southern Miss
20
20367
Rice Stadium
70000
29.1%
10/26/2019
FBS
Sun Belt
Arkansas State
38
Texas State
14
21343
Centennial Bank Stadium
30964
68.9%
10/26/2019
FCS
MEAC
North Carolina A&T
64
Howard
6
21500
BB&T Stadium
21500
100.0%
10/26/2019
FBS
Conference USA
Marshall
26
Western Kentucky
23
22099
Joan C. Edwards Stadium
41382
53.4%
10/26/2019
FBS
Big Ten
Rutgers
44
Liberty
34
23058
HighPoint.com Stadium
52454
44.0%
10/26/2019
FCS
Colonial Athletic
James Madison
27
Towson
10
23983
Bridgeforth Stadium
25000
95.9%
10/26/2019
FCS
Big Sky
Montana
34
Eastern Washington
17
24072
Washington Grizzly
25217
95.5%
10/24/2019
FBS
The American
Houston
31
SMU
34
24543
TDECU Stadium
40000
61.4%
10/26/2019
FBS
The American
Temple
21
Central Florida
63
29949
Lincoln Financial Field
69029
43.4%
10/26/2019
FBS
Big 12
Kansas
37
Texas Tech
34
31036
Memorial Stadium (Lawrence, KS)
50071
62.0%
10/26/2019
FBS
The American
Navy
41
Tulane
38
31118
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
34000
91.5%
10/26/2019
FBS
Pac 12
Stanford
41
Arizona
31
31711
Stanford Stadium
51607
61.4%
10/26/2019
FBS
Mountain West
Fresno State
31
Colorado State
41
32890
Bulldog Stadium (CA)
42881
76.7%
10/26/2019
FBS
The American
East Carolina
20
South Florida
45
33088
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
50410
65.6%
10/26/2019
FBS
Independent
Army
29
San Jose State
34
35346
Michie Stadium
38000
93.0%
10/26/2019
FBS
Pac 12
UCLA
42
Arizona State
32
39811
Rose Bowl
92542
43.0%
10/26/2019
FBS
Big Ten
Northwestern
0
Iowa
20
42104
Ryan Field
47130
89.3%
10/26/2019
FBS
Big Ten
Minnesota
52
Maryland
10
44715
TCF Bank Stadium
50805
88.0%
10/26/2019
FBS
Pac 12
Utah
35
California
0
46626
Rice-Eccles Stadium
46768
99.7%
10/26/2019
FBS
Big 12
TCU
37
Texas
27
47660
Amon G. Carter Stadium
50307
94.7%
10/26/2019
FBS
ACC
Pittsburgh
12
Miami
16
47918
Heinz Field
66731
71.8%
10/26/2019
FBS
SEC
Kentucky
29
Missouri
7
48446
Kroger Field
61000
79.4%
10/26/2019
FBS
ACC
Louisville
28
Virginia
21
48689
Cardinal Stadium
55327
88.0%
10/25/2019
FBS
Pac 12
Colorado
31
USC
35
48913
Folsom Field
54972
89.0%
10/26/2019
FBS
Big 12
Kansas State
48
Oklahoma
41
50394
Bill Snyder Family Stadium
53000
95.1%
10/26/2019
FBS
ACC
North Carolina
20
Duke
17
50500
Kenan Stadium
63000
80.2%
10/26/2019
FBS
ACC
Florida State
35
Syracuse
17
50517
Doak Campbell Stadium
79560
63.5%
10/26/2019
FCS
SWAC
Alabama State
41
Alabama A&M
43
53217
Legion Field (AL)
71594
74.3%
10/26/2019
FBS
Big Ten
Purdue
6
Illinois
24
58735
Ross-Ade Stadium
57236
102.6%
10/26/2019
FBS
Pac 12
Oregon
37
Washington State
35
59361
Autzen Stadium
59597
99.6%
10/26/2019
FBS
Big 12
Iowa State
27
Oklahoma State
34
61500
Jack Trice Stadium
61500
100.0%
10/26/2019
FBS
Big Ten
Michigan State
7
Penn State
28
70298
Spartan Stadium (MI)
75005
93.7%
10/26/2019
FBS
ACC
Clemson
59
Boston College
7
81081
Memorial Stadium (Clemson, SC)
81500
99.5%
10/26/2019
FBS
SEC
Tennessee
41
South Carolina
21
87397
Neyland Stadium
102455
85.3%
10/26/2019
FBS
Big Ten
Nebraska
31
Indiana
38
89317
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, NE)
86047
103.8%
10/26/2019
FBS
SEC
Alabama
48
Arkansas
7
100233
Bryant-Denny Stadium
101821
98.4%
10/26/2019
FBS
SEC
Texas A&M
49
Mississippi State
30
102025
Kyle Field
102733
99.3%
10/26/2019
FBS
SEC
LSU
23
Auburn
20
102160
Tiger Stadium (LA)
102321
99.8%
10/26/2019
FBS
Big Ten
Ohio State
38
Wisconsin
7
102998
Ohio Stadium
104944
98.1%
10/26/2019
FBS
Big Ten
Michigan
45
Notre Dame
14
111909
Michigan Stadium
107601
104.0%