Checking out ACC attendance numbers

January, 24, 2012
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The NCAA this month released its attendance report for the 2011 season, and Sports Business Journal recently released three-year averages for each conference. It should come as no surprise that Clemson, Florida State and Virginia Tech were the league leaders, in that order. Overall, according to the NCAA's numbers, here's how the ACC stacked up in 2011 compared to the rest of the country's accumulated attendance (of course you have to take into account stadium size, and the difference in number of home games):

No. 15 Clemson (547,635)
No. 16 Florida State (544,893)
No. 28 Virginia Tech (397,398)
No. 32 NC State (394,008)
No. 33 North Carolina (392,000)
No. 39 Miami (340,576)
No. 41 Georgia Tech (337,622)
No. 43 Virginia (335,582)
No. 51 Maryland (296,484)
No. 65 Wake Forest (223,769)
No. 68 Boston College (214,255)
No. 79 Duke (170,748)

Because of the differences in stadium size and number of home games, though, it's probably more beneficial to measure within the league, and look at whether attendance has increased or fallen off at each respective program. The Sports Business Journal's three-year snapshot helps do that:

Clemson
  • 2011 78,234
  • 2010 77,469
  • 2009 75,793
Florida State
  • 2011 77,842
  • 2010 71,270
  • 2009 74,345
Virginia Tech
  • 2011 66,233
  • 2010 66,233
  • 2009 66,233
NC State
  • 2011 56,287
  • 2010 56,877
  • 2009 56,422
North Carolina
  • 2011 56,000
  • 2010 58,250
  • 2009 56,607
Miami
  • 2011 48,654
  • 2010 52,575
  • 2009 47,551
Georgia Tech
  • 2011 48,232
  • 2010 48,232
  • 2009 51,584
Virginia
  • 2011 47,940
  • 2010 45,459
  • 2009 47,986
Maryland
  • 2011 42,355
  • 2010 39,168
  • 2009 44,452
Boston College
  • 2011 35,709
  • 2010 38,369
  • 2009 35,716
Wake Forest
  • 2011 31,967
  • 2010 30,474
  • 2009 31,791
Duke
  • 2011 24,393
  • 2010 28,750
  • 2009 26,314

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