Home attendance for college football games dropped for the fourth straight season, the biggest decline since 2014 that according to the latest figures put out by the NCAA.
More than 34 million spectators took in games at the 129 schools at the Football Bowl Subdivision level in 2017 with the average home attendance being at 42,108. That’s down 2.2 percent from last season when the average home attendance at the FBS level was 43,070.
The average attendance at bowl games was also down for the seventh straight season with 40,506 fans taking in games in 2017. That’s down an average of 1,200 people compared to last season’s average of 41,718.
The news was first reported by Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times.
The Southeastern Conference saw its average attendance drop to its lowest since expanding from 12 teams to 14 in 2012 with SEC games averaged just over 75,074 in 2017, down from 77,507 in 2016.
But the SEC didn’t see the biggest decline.
That honor would go to the American Athletic Conference which saw its attendance from the previous season drop nearly 3,000 fans per game from 31,611 to 28,669. It was the second straight season in which the AAC saw a decline.
The Big Ten was the only Power 5 conference to see an increase in attendance, going from 66,151 fans in 2016 to 66,227 in 2017. It was the second straight season in which the league saw an increase.
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