Chris Ford


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Time again to take a look at NCAA Football attendance for the last week.  Average attendance was down to 26,767 this week, with a lot of high attendance programs on the bye. Let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance week 7: 946 – Valparaiso vs Marist.  49-15 Valpo With thunderstorms in the area, few wanted to see the STRONG AND PROUD MARIST FOXES come in to town, and for good reason. Valpo walked away with a 49-15 point lead in front of fewer than 1,000 fans, the first D1-hosted game this season to draw below four figures.  The […]

NCAA Football Attendance, 2017 Week 7: Smoky Skies and Thunderstorms


Time again to take a look at NCAA Football attendance for the last week.  Average attendance was down to 25,514 this week, with a lot of high attendance programs on the bye. Let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance week 6: 1,532- Howard vs NC Central.  2-2 Howard hosted 3-1 NC Central in what ended up being a close game. Despite the mere 13-7 NC Central victory, the Bison of Howard were only able to attract 1,532 fans. Worst overall FBS attendance week 6: 10,584 – Charlotte vs Marshall.  As Charlotte continues its transition to FBS, it also […]

NCAA Football Attendance: 2017 Week Six!


Time again to take a look at NCAA Football attendance for the last week.  Average attendance was down to 25,514 this week, with a lot of high attendance programs on the bye. Let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division 1 attendance week 5: 1,456- Charleston Southern vs Miss Valley State.  With the 0-2 Delta Devils in town, there was little to motivate the Charleston Southern fans to show up, coupled with the third smallest stadium hosting a game this week. The matchup played out as expected as Charleston Southern dominated Mississippi Valley State 58-7. Worst overall FBS attendance week […]

NCAA Football 2017 Attendance, Week Five!



Time again to take a look at NCAA Football attendance for the last week.  Average attendance was down to 25,855 this week, but the bottom got higher across the board! Let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division 1 attendance week 4: 1,701- San Diego vs Butler.  Despite the fact that the Toreros won by a score of 38-17, only 1,701 fans showed up to one of San Diego’s only two football options after the Chargers left town to play in front of an empty 25,000 seat stadium.  Perhaps it was the good weather, the lack of draw in the […]

NCAA Football Attendance – 2017 Week 4!


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!