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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Checking out ACC attendance numbers

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

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
Florida State
Virginia Tech
NC State
North Carolina
Miami
Georgia Tech
Virginia
Maryland
Boston College
Wake Forest
Duke