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.

College basketball is back, and with it we bring you our weekly update on attendance.  As in most years, the first week of the season does fairly well, with all 353 Division I teams holding on to their dreams of winning (or maybe just making) the NCAA Tournament.  Let’s begin our journey through NCAA Basketball’s 2018-19 season, shall we? Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 24 (Season total: 24) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week St. Francis (NY) vs Medgar Evans – The Terriers of Brooklyn took on the Medgar Evans Cougars of Division III, […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 1: The Journey Begins!


Week eleven was marked by cold weather nationwide, but with it attendance found a way to rise 355 fans to an average of 24,350 last week.  Even still, it was a story of “haves” and “have nots” with an FCS game below a thousand fans, a FBS game with fewer than 6,000.  And best of all? Both involved teams fighting for a chance to win their conference.  Let’s take a look, shall we?   Worst overall Division I attendance: 912 – St. Francis (PA) vs Central Connecticut State. Fewer than 1,000 showed up to see a conference game with major implications […]

NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 11: Big Ten, Little Crowd


Week ten gave us a great slate of football games, so it’s no surprise that overall attendance was up to 23,995, a gain of 855 fans per game last week. Despite this, we had a new low for the season with only 468 in attendance as a Division III squad hosted an FCS team. Let’s take a look at the full week, shall we?   Worst overall Division I attendance: 468 – SUNY-Maritime vs Hampton.  Division III SUNY-Maritime hosted the FCS Pirates with only 468 in attendance to an eventual 51-10 Hampton victory.  As one would expect, D3 schools don’t […]

NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 10: Sub-500 see FCS Football ...



Weeks seven and eight have passed, and it’s time for another attendance update.  With cooler weather across the nation, plenty of fans were willing to go to football games, except at Miami of Ohio, who recorded the lowest attended FBS game of the year with merely 5,003 in attendance. For the rest of D1 Football, average attendance was 23,140 in week eight, down 562 over week seven.  Week seven came in at 23,702, which was down almost 2,000 from week six. Let’s take a look at the whole shebang, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 852 – Central Connecticut State […]

NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 9: KU Wins But Nobody ...


Duke hosts Virginia in front of a small crowd
Weeks seven and eight have passed, and it’s time for another attendance update.  With cooler weather across the nation, plenty of fans were willing to go to football games, except at Miami of Ohio, who recorded the lowest attended FBS game of the year with merely 5,003 in attendance. For the rest of D1 Football, average attendance was 23,140 in week eight, down 562 over week seven.  Week seven came in at 23,702, which was down almost 2,000 from week six. Let’s take a look at the whole shebang, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance, week 7: 1,154 – Prairie […]

NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Weeks 7 & 8: The Lowest ...


It was week six, and some programs fans have already had enough.  Most surprisingly, UCLA only filled the Rose Bowl half full (or is it half empty?).  Granted, it’s one of the bigger stadiums in college football, but sitting in the second largest city in America it has typically sat 60+% full.  For the rest of D1 Football, average attendance was 25,399 on the week, down 966 over last week, once again setting a new low on the season. Let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,013 – Princeton vs Lehigh. One of many blowouts this week, […]

NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 6: Rose Bowl Half Empty ...



We’re into the swing of things here through week five, with plenty of good games on the slate.  Even with that, average attendance was 26,365 for the week, a decrease of 1,828 over last week and the lowest attended week of the season thus far. Let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,243 – Presbyterian vs Lindsey Wilson. The Blue Hose hosted the Blue Raiders and everyone was too blue to go to the game. The NAIA level Blue Raiders played a tough matchup, losing to Presbyterian by a mere 10-0 score.  Your prerequisite action shot: Worst […]

NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 5: Disappointing Homecoming in Lawrence


The regular season has come to an end, and with it goes Below the Box Score.   We’ll have a full season recap for you soon, but first, a look at the last week of the regular season (ignoring both Game 163s here, which will surely be sellouts, right?). With the AAA playoffs being the only minor league baseball still being played, it was hard to get outdrawn by a lot of MiLB, but seven teams did: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Seattle, Kansas City, Chicago White Sox (outdrawn by 2 AAA games), Baltimore, and Minnesota (outdrawn by […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 10/1: ...


Can’t get enough AMSTS Computer Rankings?  Want to see what the impact of your team going up 14-0 in the first quarter of a meaningless MAC game is?   WELL BOY OH BOY DO WE HAVE THE ANSWER FOR YOU.   Introducing the live AMSTS Computer Rankings!  Updating every 15 minutes from Thursday to early Sunday morning, you’ll see exactly how the rankings move throughout the week of football.  Using last night’s game as an example, Miami is up 47-10 over North Carolina late in the game.  Obviously, Miami is inching up a few spots:   North Carolina is down quite […]

Introducing the Live AMSTS NCAA Football Computer Rankings!



Week four of the NCAA Football season finally felt like things were in full swing, as no games were cancelled due to hurricanes, and plenty of conference play started up.  Average attendance was 28,193 for the week, a decrease of 1,374 over last week and the lowest attended week of the season thus far. Let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 840 – Valparaiso vs Truman State.  The Crusaders took on the Division II Bulldogs of Truman State, and that matchup wasn’t enough to stir a thousand folks out of their beds to head on down to […]

NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 4: Duke Only Fills Cameron


With only a handful of days remaining in the season, and the AL Playoff picture already set, interest continues to wane in the also-rans. Eight teams managed crowds below 20,000 last week, including the AL Central leading Indians. Four averaged below the mark, with the Orioles averaging below 10,000 on the full week.  Only four teams managed to draw over 40,000 with only the Astros not averaging above that level. With the AAA playoffs being the only minor league baseball being played, it was hard to get outdrawn by a lot of MiLB, but four teams did: MLB teams outdrawn […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 9/24: ...


Editor note: Apologies about the delays and the short version of BtBS for this week. We’ll be back at full force next week With the ejection race seemingly settled, as well as a lot of playoff races, there weren’t much surprises this week in MLB.   Unsurprisingly, the hapless Orioles had trouble drawing fans for a few games against playoff-bound Oakland, with only 9,141 in attendance, less than a couple of AAA playoff games taking place this week. They were joined by a few other teams: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Baltimore (outdrawn by 2 AAA games), Tampa and Cincinnati […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 9/17: ...