Chris Ford


About Chris Ford

Chris Ford is the head nacho of AMSTS and generally a nice guy. Besides sports and sports analytics, he enjoys world travel, and running.

MLK Weekend and every team in the nation (except 53) decided to be a part of a game on Saturday, the busiest NCAA Basketball day of the season with 150 games on the docket. Despite that, only a handful on Monday during the day. But let’s look at last week, where we crossed the 500 mark of count of games with fewer than 1,000 in attendance. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 46 (Season total: 514) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: UMass-Lowell vs Albany – Only 411 […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 11: Busiest Game Day of ...


School is back in session, and conference play has begun. Teams no longer have an excuse, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t see low attendance for a while. Our bottom three attended games this week all fell below 350 fans, despite all three of them being extremely competitive. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 59 (Season total: 468) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: New Hampshire vs UMass-Lowell – Only 340 in the crowd to see the Wildcats host the Riverhawks in New Hampshire, but they were […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 10: Close Games, No Crowds


The last two weeks have had schools out of session and the Christmas holiday, meaning that many games took place in neutral sites. Because of that, we’ve combined weeks seven and eight into one post. But don’t worry, we have a cameo appearance by a major trophy. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 55 (Season total: 409) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Stetson vs Edward Waters – Stetson makes its second appearance in the bottom three with only 290 on hand to watch them take on the […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Weeks 7 & 8: New Year, ...



It was a cold, overcast evening in Berlin, one of many in any given December in Der Hauptstadt.  But unlike many other Thursday nights, dozens gathered near the Mercedes-Benz Arena for a discussion.  Thursdays are typically free for fans of Eisbären Berlin, the local hockey team playing in Germany’s version of the NHL. Games are typically set up in match days, similar to soccer, with most of the teams playing on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. What brought the fans in to the arena was a special meeting called by Eisbären fan groups, who combine to make up the Fankurve section of the […]

In Berlin, Ice Hockey Discovers the Price of Profits


The last two weeks have had schools out of session and the Christmas holiday, meaning that many games took place in neutral sites. Because of that, we’ve combined weeks seven and eight into one post. But don’t worry, we have a cameo appearance by a major trophy. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 79 (Season total: 354) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Liberty vs Alabama State – A neutral site tournament taking place in St. Petersburg, Florida made two appearances in the bottom three this week, with […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Weeks 7 & 8: Christmas Neutral ...


It’s finals week in most places, which means significantly fewer basketball games than usual.  Only 134 with reported attendance figures, our lowest week of the year.  Even with that, some surprising numbers on the attendance front!   Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 26 (Season total: 275) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Sacramento State vs Westcliff – A buy game that probably wasn’t the buy, as Sacramento State only drew 307 fans. In some regards it may have been worth it, as the Hornets took home the 89-40 […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 6: Finals Week Lull



Throughout the season, there are your winners and losers.  But in this modern time, millenials are clamoring for everyone to be a winner.  We here at AMSTS have seen the desire for everyone to be crowned a winner and done what we have always done. We found a way for all 130 FBS teams to be the best at one statistical category.  But, given the nature of our site, we also went out and found one statistical category in which every team in the nation came in dead last.  We all know Alabama was good at a lot of stuff, […]

Best and Worst of the 2018 FBS College Football Season


With the neutral sites behind us, attendance was up almost 40% as teams returned to campus. Traditionally these few weeks signify a bit of a dead cat bounce in NCAA Basketball Attendance before the plummet after final exams in mid-December.  That said, with our lowest attended game still over 300 fans, this week was nothing short of remarkable.   Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 47 (Season total: 259) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week Chicago State vs Trinity (IL) – Our first game of the bottom three involves […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 5: Sub-100 in Mississippi


With the neutral sites behind us, attendance was up almost 40% as teams returned to campus. Traditionally these few weeks signify a bit of a dead cat bounce in NCAA Basketball Attendance before the plummet after final exams in mid-December.  That said, with our lowest attended game still over 300 fans, this week was nothing short of remarkable.   Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 49 (Season total: 212) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week Presbyterian vs St. Francis (NY) – 409 showed up to Ross E. Templeton PE […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 4: Back on Campus



FBS Conference Championships happened this week, with another smattering of teams rescheduling games in an attempt to make a bowl.  While that happened, top draw FCS playoff matchups happened with a berth in the quarterfinals on the line. Lots of reasons to see good football, but still plenty of empty seats.  Let’s take a look, shall we?   Worst overall Division I attendance: 3,042 – South Dakota State vs Duquesne. It was a snowy day in Brookings which presumably kept most of the Jackrabbit fans home, and apparently the entire Duquesne team decided to stay on the bus as the […]

NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 13: Championship Week and FCS ...


Thanksgiving week was upon us, and it was the second week of neutral site tournaments.  After a mild first week, the Thanksgiving week neutral site games blew everything out of the water, including the second lowest attended NCAA Basketball game we’ve ever had since we started tracking attendance in 2014, and the lowest attended game featuring two Division I teams.  Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 72 (Season total: 163) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week Jacksonville State vs North Florida – Only 121 showed up to see […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 3: Fifty Fans For D1 ...


Week thirteen kicks off the FCS playoffs – even if the crowds aren’t too interested yet – and perhaps is better known as being Rivalry Week.  With that, overall attendance was at 34,000 flat, which is a huge improvement over previous weeks, buoyed by most FCS teams not playing a game and coupled with the fact that most rivalry games tend to draw big crowds even if the teams are no good.  Let’s take a look, shall we?   Worst overall Division I attendance: 2,157 – Wofford vs Elon.  It’s the first round of the FCS playoffs, and not much […]

NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 13: Rivalry Week and FCS ...