A Quick Note About Football Attendance

The NCAA released the final football attendance figures over the weekend and looking at the rankings according to average attendance revealed a small surprise as it relates to UNC and NC State.

Rank School Accum Attendance Accum Percent Capacity Avg Attendance Sum Stad Capacity Total Games
35 North Carolina 344500 95.69 57417 360000 6
36 North Carolina State 394493 98.73 56356 399574 7

The full list can be seen here. The reason I bring this up is because some fans of our esteemed sister school in Raleigh proudly tout their support of their football team over the perceived lack of interest in Chapel Hill. I would point out two things as it relates to this. First, I am not sure of how the attendance data is gathered. I know questions have been raised in the past as to whether UNC reports tickets sold versus actual turnstile numbers. Visual inspection of the empty seats during televised games would point to the former as the preferred method in Chapel Hill but I am not entirely sure. Then again, if they did sell that many tickets, it is still money into the program which is no small issue. Secondly, UNC was about five percent short of capacity at Kenan whereas NC State was close to full at Carter-Finley.

Interesting stats to say the least.


4 Responses to A Quick Note About Football Attendance

  1. Wayne says:

    1. To me 96% of capacity is pretty doggone good for a team that has been, well, not too good for the last decade.

    2. I’m pretty sure I’ve read either in the N&O or on tarheelblue.com (or both) that the “official” attendance at BKS is determined by some “official” who eyeballs the stands and estimates the attendance. I’m too lazy to try to find that on the web right now, but might get industrious a little later (“little later” being a relative term). IMO, that is the worst possible way to arrive at “official” attendance numbers.

  2. geof says:

    Did someone say stats …

    Seems to me this data is a mix of turnstile and ticket sold data. Note Va Tech, Georgia, and Iowa which all had exactly 100 pct of capacity. That sounds like a tix sold figure (ie — we sold out all the games, now please may we be done with the survey?) where other schools are over capacity and more than likely giving turnstile counts.

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  4. Alpha Wolf says:

    For the record, NC State reports actual attendance.

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