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.

It’s the first week of the regular season and basketball is finally here. Average attendance for the week hit 4,991, but we had a range of attendances from 100 to over 22,000. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 43 (Season total: 43) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Bowling Green vs Jacksonville – A neutral site game played at University of Miami’s Watsco Center, it’s unclear why this game was played on the wrong side of Florida, but it worked out for the “hosts” of Bowling Green – […]

NCAA Basketball 2019-20 Attendance, Week 1: Let’s Get It Started


Week ten saw average attendance plummet move back up from 21,520 to 23,348 across all of Division I, the level where it had been for the few weeks prior to last week. But we also had two games under 1,000 fans. Let’s take a look at how everyone else fared, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 524 – Holy Cross vs Lafayette. Not many people were interested in heading out to Worcester to see the Crusaders face off against the Leopards. Those that didn’t show up made the right decision as Lafayette took the W home 23-20. An action […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 11: Smallest Crowd of the ...


Week ten saw average attendance plummet by 1,500 from 23,087 to 21,520 across all of Division I, with Texas A&M being the only team with a 100,000 seat stadium playing at home last week. Let’s take a look at how everyone else fared, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 934 – Robert Morris vs Long Island. Fewer than 1,000 fans turned out to see Robert Morris win their fourth straight game, this one over D1’s newest football team the from Long Island. One could even call them… the baby… Sharks. A 28-17 win sent the home fans away with […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 10: November Cooldown



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 […]

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


Week eight saw average attendance rise slightly 24,044 from 23,922 across all of Division I, even with rain dominating the southeast on Saturday. Even still, some teams struggled to draw more than 20,000 in FBS last week. Let’s take a look at how everyone else fared, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,158 – Delaware State vs Merrimack. Delaware State is the 6th worst team in FCS, so it’s no surprise that nobody wanted to show up to see them play first-year-in-FCS Merrimack, who took home the 30-21 victory, the Warriors first FCS opponent win since moving up this […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 8: Rainy October Saturdays in ...


Week seven saw average attendance drop from 24,777 to 23,922 across all of Division I, even with with LSU and A&M hosting more than 100,000 folks, with a much better result in Death Valley than at Kyle Field for the home fans. With that, the SEC took both the top and bottom of attendance for Power Five conferences, as you’ll see below. Let’s take a look at how everyone else fared, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,268 – Bryant vs Long Island. Bryant frequently is at the bottom of attendance in both basketball and football, and this week […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 7: SEC! SEC!



Week six saw average attendance drop from 25,909 to 24,777 across all of Division I, helped by a couple of games that were over 150% of stadium capacity in the Northeast. Don’t tell the fire marshall! Let’s take a look at how everyone else fared, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,328 – Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs Lane. Homecoming in Pine Bluff might not have gone as hoped, with only 1,328 fans showing up to see the Golden Lions barely edge out the Lane Dragons of D2. So few people were there, there isn’t even a shot of the crowd, sad! […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 6: Over Capacity


Week five saw average attendance rise from 25,909 from 24,173 across all of Division I, as it seems we’ve finally found the bottom of attendance now that conference play has started for many teams. Let’s take a look at how everyone else fared, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,300 – Stetson vs NC Wesleyan. Thirty fewer fans showed up this week at Stetson than last week as the Hatters defended their lowest-attendance title without a problem this week. Stetson hosted North Carolina Wesleyan College, a D-III school, and the fans couldn’t have cared much less, even if the Hatters […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 5: The Worst Matchup of ...


The regular season has ended, and with it this year’s BTBS. Thanks for tuning in this year, and expect a slightly different format going forward. Anyway, the Rays clinched a playoff spot this wek while also having the lowest attended game of the week. They were also joined by five other teams in being outdrawn by AAA teams: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams: Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Toronto, Chicago White Sox, and Cincinnati (2 games each) Time of game continued to sit at the 3:15 mark as it has throughout September. The good news is that October and playoff baseball […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 9/30: ...



Week three saw average attendance drop from 28,896 to 24,173 across all of Division I, another step down from the first three weeks of the season as one would expect. It’s worth noting that D2 Truman State hosted Valparaiso last week, and managed not only to outdraw ten other FCS games, but absolutely stomped the Crusaders 38-7 sending the fans home happy. Meanwhile, disappointment in Pensacola is clear as Florida State had the lowest percentage of capacity attendance of any Power Five school. Let’s take a look at how everyone else fared, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,330 – […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 4: FSU Fans Fed Up


The season is drawing down and as teams are eliminated from playoff contention (Sorry Boston!), attendance slowly sinks away. As the Orioles complete a terrible 2019, it’s no surprise they ended up with the lowest attendance of the week, while also being outdrawn by the AAA playoffs: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams: Baltimore (4 games), Pittsburgh, Miami, Detroit, and Oakland (3 games each), Cleveland and Arizona (1 game each) Time of game once sat near the 3:15 mark, continuing its season long climb, as 40 man rosters allow plenty more pitching changes. The Red Sox, who were eliminated this week, […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 9/23: ...


With the Raiders moving to Las Vegas at the end of the season, I posed the trivia question to a few friends of mine as to what would be the closest two MLB and NFL franchises. After a decent back and forth in the group text, I set off to find the truth. I determined the best metric of distance to be from home plate in the MLB stadium to the middle of the 50 yard line in the NFL stadium, the relative “centers of action” of the respective sports. The winner? Detroit’s Ford Field. The farthest (within one market […]

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