Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Breaking down SEC attendance figures
By Chris Low
Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News has an analysis of the 2012 college football attendance figures, and any guesses on who had the largest increase this season in the SEC by percentage?
It was Vanderbilt, which won eight games for the first time in 30 years. The Commodores averaged 37,860 for home games, which was a 15 percent increase.
The largest decrease for an SEC school was Kentucky, which averaged 49,691 fans and dropped 17 percent. The Wildcats finished 2-10 and fired coach Joker Phillips.
Tennessee also experienced a 5 percent drop in attendance. The Vols averaged 89,965 fans in what was their fourth losing season in the past five years. Derek Dooley was fired after three years on the job.
Even Florida, which went 11-1 and is headed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl, saw its home attendance drop by 2 percent.
The SEC led the nation in attendance with an average of 75,444 fans per game, but that was the league's lowest mark since 2007.
As Solomon points out in his piece, a face-value ticket for an SEC game reached $100 for the first time this season. The most expensive SEC ticket four years ago was $65, and that was the Alabama-Auburn game.
Below is a rundown of attendance figures for all 14 SEC schools:
- Alabama: 101,722 (minor decrease)
- Georgia: 92,723 (minor decrease)
- LSU: 92,626 (minor decrease)
- Tennessee: 89,965 (5 percent decrease)
- Florida: 87,597 (2 percent decrease)
- Texas A&M: 87,104 (minor decrease)
- Auburn: 82,646 (4 percent decrease)
- South Carolina: 80,001 (1 percent increase)
- Arkansas: 68,046 (2 percent increase)
- Missouri: 67,476 (9 percent increase)
- Ole Miss: 57,066 (1 percent increase)
- Mississippi State: 55,628 (minor decrease)
- Kentucky: 49,691 (17 percent decrease)
- Vanderbilt: 37,860 (15 percent increase)