Tag:Spring Game Attendance Report
Posted on: April 18, 2011 1:03 pm

Spring game attendance snapshot

Posted by Chip Patterson

Ahhh, the joy of spring games.  We spend all season shuffling depth charts and breaking down scrimmage numbers building up to one final display to wrap up spring practice.  In some cases, the games are creatively shaped to highlight the competition at each position.  In others the "game" is not much more than a highly-publicized practice.  Regardless of your personal opinions on spring games, their status has grown over the last decade as more schools find ways to get their spring product into the national spotlight.  Many schools have completed their spring practice after this weekend, and CNBC's Darren Rovell assembled a partial attendance report of some of the most notable schools.

Here is a list of the attendance at some of the spring games from colleges that do release the figures. This list is hardly complete, as most schools don't put out an official attendance number.
Alabama: 92,310
Nebraska: 66,784
Florida State: 53,818
Auburn: 53,209  
Florida: 51,000
Georgia: 43,177
Arkansas: 42,000
Mississippi State: 36,357
Tennessee: 35,891
Texas: 29,541 
South Carolina: 29,451
Mississippi: 28,000
Notre Dame: 27,863
Clemson: 27,000
Oklahoma: 25,598
LSU: 25,032
Texas A&M: 16,500
Oklahoma State: 16,000
Colorado: 15,655
North Carolina: 15,500
NC State: 13,139
Texas Tech: 12,400
Missouri: 10,000
Arizona: 4,500
Iowa State: 4,000
Baylor: 3,500

In the big picture these numbers really don't mean a whole bunch.  After all, 11 of the 25 teams in the final AP Poll of last season reported less than 17,000 in attendance at their spring game.  Among them was No. 2 Texas Christian (7,500), No. 4 Stanford (4,000), No. 11 Nevada (1,500), and No. 13 Oklahoma State (7,000).  There is obviously more hype around the team this go-around in Stillwater, but the point remains nonetheless.  

Hype around spring game has become a measure of program prominence, whether we like it or not.  Impressionable high school recruits want to play every down on national television, and it looks as though we are headed that way.  Teams that deliver big crowds and national television for scrimmages seem like good places to get noticed, and every angle counts in the recruiting game.  

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