Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Team-by-team attendance numbers
By Andrea Adelson
Average attendance in the ACC as a whole remained steady in 2013, but there are definite issues administrators across the sport are working on to try and get more fans in the stands.
For now, here is a quick look at team-by-team attendance numbers for the 2013 season, with the percent change from 2012.
Clemson 82,048, up less than 1 percent
Florida State 75,421, down less than 1 percent
- Notes: The Tigers set a new single-season school attendance record thanks to home games against Georgia and Florida State. Memorial Stadium was filled to 101 percent capacity.
Virginia Tech 63,999, down 2 percent
- Notes: Despite a lackluster home schedule, the Seminoles drew slightly fewer than the 75,601 they averaged in 2012 (when Clemson and Florida played in Tallahassee). Doak Campbell Stadium was filled to 92 percent capacity.
Miami 53,837, up 11 percent
- Notes: The Hokies had their 93-game home sellout streak snapped against Western Carolina, ending the third-longest active sellout streak in the country. There was no marquee home game this year. Lane Stadium was filled to 97 percent capacity.
NC State 53,178, down 1.7 percent
- Notes: The Hurricanes got a big bump this past season thanks to their nonconference showdown against Florida, which drew 76,968. Sun Life Stadium was filled to 71 percent capacity.
North Carolina 51,500, up 2 percent
- Notes: The Wolfpack struggled on the field in 2013, so their numbers dipped slightly. Carter-Finley Stadium was filled to 92 percent capacity.
Pitt 49, 741, up 16.6 percent
- Notes: A Thursday night game against Miami drew 56,000 fans, while the regular-season finale against Duke drew 62,000. Kenan Stadium was filled to 82 percent capacity.
Georgia Tech 49,077, up 10 percent
- Notes: The Panthers had a blockbuster home schedule with games against Florida State (on Labor Day night), Notre Dame and Miami. Compare that to 2012, when the Panthers played two FCS teams, Louisville, Temple, Rutgers and Virginia Tech. Heinz Field was filled to 76 percent capacity.
Virginia 46,279, down less than 1 percent
- Notes: The Jackets benefited from a Thursday night home game against Virginia Tech and the regular-season finale at home against Georgia. Bobby Dodd Stadium was filled to 89 percent capacity.
Maryland 41,278, up 9 percent
- Notes: Though the Hoos have struggled to win, attendance didn't drop that dramatically thanks to a home schedule that featured Oregon, Clemson and Virginia Tech. Scott Stadium was filled to 75 percent capacity.
Syracuse 38,277, up less than 1 percent
- Notes: This attendance figure counts the game against West Virginia played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, which drew 55,677.
Boston College 33,006, down 11 percent
- Notes: The Orange hosted Clemson and Boston College but have struggled to fill the Carrier Dome for years now. The Carrier Dome, among the 10 smallest in the power five conferences, was filled to 78 percent capacity.
- Notes: Even though the Eagles were vastly improved this past season, they did not have Notre Dame on the home schedule, and that has to be one of the biggest reasons for the attendance drop.
Wake Forest 28,414, down less than 1 percent
- Notes: The Deacs, with the smallest stadium among the power five conferences, did fill their stadium to 89 percent capacity thanks to home games against NC State and Florida State.
Duke 26,062, down 7.5 percent
- Notes: The Blue Devils had a historic season, but they did not have North Carolina or Clemson on the home slate this season. Wallace Wade Stadium, the third-smallest in the power five conferences, was filled to 77 percent capacity.
One more item of interest. Louisville joins the league in 2014, so that should help the overall ACC attendance numbers. Last season, the Cardinals averaged 52,914 fans, and Papa John's Cardinal Stadium was filled to 95 percent capacity.