Chris Ford


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

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 […]

Closest MLB and NFL Teams By Market



Week three saw average attendance drop from 31,002 to 28,896 across all of Division I, another step down from the first week of the season as one would expect, but on a percentage basis, there were very few empty stadiums. But let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,362 – Bryant vs Fordham. Bryant athletics aren’t doing so great, often appearing at the bottom of our weekly basketball attendance charts. The Bulldogs made their first appearance this athletic year, but in a twist it’s in football! A rainy, dreary day left the stands quite open: Worst overall […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 3: Packed Houses


The Pirates played in the two windiest games of the week, the first in Chicago and the second in San Francisco. Neat! Meanwhile, the Marlins hosted the Brewers, and no more than 8,000 showed up for any game in the series. In fact, The Rockies highest attended game had more than twice of the entire Marlins-Brewers series. Needless to say they got outdrawn MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams: Miami (11 games), Seattle and Baltimore (5 games each), Chicago White Sox (4 games), Toronto and Detroit (3 games each), Texas (1 game) Time of game once sat near the 3:15 mark, […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 9/16: ...


Week two saw average attendance of 31,002 across all of Division I, a step down from the first week of the season as one would expect. The biggest home crowd to see a loss has been set at 98,763 as Texas came up short at home against LSU on Saturday. As for the rest of D1, let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,264 – Presbyterian vs Mercer. After this showing, I’m not sure many Blue Hose fans will be in attendance for future games. Down 42-0 at the end of the 3rd, the Bears stomped Presbyterian […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 2: Two in a Row ...



If the season were to end today, the Tampa Bay Rays would host the AL Wild Card game, yet they managed to only draw 5,962 fans to a game last week. That was the lowest of any team in MLB in the past seven days, despite the playoff implications that every September game has in a tight Wild Card race. Ouch. That also meant the Rays got outdrawn quite a bit by the minor league playoff games last week, along with nine other MLB teams: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Tampa Bay (27 AAA games), Baltimore (16 games), Miami […]

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


Week one couldn’t have asked for better crowds. A Labor Day weekend with big crowds from coast to coast, with only one game moved (unnecessarily, mind you, Florida State) due to weather, down from the last two years. The season has begun, what are we waiting for, let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 2,988 – Fordham vs Central Connecticut State. Perhaps it was the new FCS team down the road at Long Island, the former LIU-Post merged with LIU-Brooklyn to become the Sharks, or maybe it was the lack of a big-name draw in CCSU, but […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 1: Full-ish House


Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Marlins are having trouble getting anyone to show up at their billion dollar ballpark. All four games this week in Miami made the MLB’s lowest 12 attended games of the year. Of those 12, 10 belonged to the Marlins and the other two to the Rays. So, yeah. Not great. That meant the Marlins got outdrawn quite a bit by the minor leagues last week: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Miami (84 AAA games), Chicago White Sox (8 games), Tampa Bay (6 games), Kansas City and Detroit (5 games […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 9/2: ...