It wasn't so long ago, back in 2010, when UConn Football games were pushing capacity, averaging 38,248 fans per contest. Those numbers obviously took a dip as the program floundered under Paul Pasqualoni.
In 2014, Bob Diaco's first season at the helm, UConn averaged about 27,400 fans per game. The Huskies have finally started moving in the right direction in 2015 though, with attendance up 3 percent and future prospects looking bright.
Attendance at Rentschler Field will continue to be monitored closely as UConn makes the case for a "power conference" bid. The poor play of the team combined with qualms about conference affiliation have hurt, but it's nice to see movement in the right direction.
Luckily, the program has taken leaps forward under Diaco, who has expedited the rebuilding process with an unexpected 6-6 season. With a young team full of potential and solid home scheduling as well, we should see attendance continue to rise in the next few seasons.
The American Athletic Conference as a whole had a banner year for attendance. The conference averaged 31,782 fans per game. Three of its best teams--Temple (89 percent), Memphis (29 percent), and Houston (20 percent)--all experienced massive attendance spikes. In total, 7 out of 12 teams from the American increased their average attendance.
Another interesting piece of info is that both Boston College and Syracuse saw attendance drop- actually they took a nose-dive. Syracuse witnessed a decrease of 21 percent while Boston College dropped their average fans per game by 13 percent.
Attendance Notes From Around The Country
- Attendance nationally is down one percent from last season.
- FBS home games averaged 43,288 fans per contest.
- Michigan is back atop the attendance list after their 16 year streak was snapped by Ohio State in 2014.
- Biggest increases across P5: Pitt (17 percent), Virginia (10 percent), Minnesota (9 percent), Iowa State (8 percent), Kentucky (6 percent)
- Biggest decreases across P5: Syracuse (21 percent), Kansas (20 percent), Oregon State (14 percent), Northwestern (14 percent), Boston College (13 percent)
- The SEC was again the conference with the highest average attendance. They averaged 78,720 fans per game.
- The ACC once again averaged less fans than any other P5 conference. They only averaged 48,577 fans per game.
- UCF experienced a 20 percent decrease in attendance from 2014. #Back2BackCivilConflictChamps