Now that all of the home games are over (except for USF’s pseudo-home game in the Gasparilla Bowl), let’s update the college football attendance figures we discussed earlier this year.
First, the highlights:
USF’s average announced home attendance (38,517) is up more than 22 percent from last year (31,401), as our Joey Knight wrote last week.
Same for UCF. The Knights drew an average crowd of 44,019. That’s an increase of 14 percent from last year (38,517) and a jump of 40 percent from 2016.
Miami’s average announced attendance also rose, from 58,682 to 61,469.
Now for the two big drops.
Florida’s average attendance was 82,328. That’s their lowest since 1990, before renovations to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium brought capacity to 83,000.
Florida State’s crowds also reached a decades low. The Seminoles announced attendance (68,288) was their smallest at Doak Campbell Stadium since 1992 (62,797). That includes a crowd of 57,274 for the Boston College game; it was FSU’s smallest in 30 years.