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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Pac-12 attendance down in 2011

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Only four Pac-12 teams had better attendance in 2011 than 2010, and the conference's average attendance also was down, continuing a two-year trend.

USC and Washington are the only conference teams that rank in the nation in the nation's top-25 for attendance, but both dropped from their numbers last fall. USC ranked 19th with an average of 74,806 this year, while Washington was 24th at 62,531.

Arizona State, Colorado, Stanford and Washington State each improved attendance this year compared to last. Oregon's and Utah's drops were negligible. California lost more than 20,000 per game after playing in AT&T Park while on-campus Memorial Stadium was being renovated.

The average attendance was 52,249, down from 53,819 a year ago, when the conference was the only FBS conference that went down. If you remove the two new members -- Colorado and Utah both had below average attendance -- the average is 53,148. In 2009, it was 54,186.

You can read an interesting article on attendance in FBS football here.

2011 Pac-12 attendance (last year)

1. USC 74,806 (79,907)
2. Washington 62,531 (66,264)
3. Oregon 59,344 (59,398)
4. Arizona State 59,007 (47,943)
5. UCLA 56,645 (60,376)
6. Colorado 50,355 (46,864)
7. Stanford 49,997 (40,042)
8. Arizona 48,953 (55,408)
9. Utah 45,149 (45,459)
10. Oregon State 42,420 (45,509)
11. California 37,657* (57,873)
12. Washington State 28,791 (24,532)

Average: 52,249 (53,819)