Further proof that the USA is heaps better at sports than us (us being Australians in case you weren’t aware), the NCAA announced attendance during the 2013 Football Bowl Subdivision…and the numbers are HUGE!
The FBS, just one division of several in US college football, recorded fan total attendance of 38,135,118 for the 2013 season, which averages out to be 45,671 fans per game played. Is your mind blown yet? Wait for it…..In their 7 home games, Michigan averaged 111,592 fans per game, Ohio State 104,933 and Bama had a fair average of 101,505. Let’s not forget that this is not a professional sport, and the players are not being paid.
Shall I put it into perspective for you? As far as Australia’s professional football codes, AFL was the most popular. In the 2013 season, 207 games were played for a total fan attendance of 6,931,085 which averages out to 33,484 fans per game. By team, Collingwood had the best average of 53,754 per game, followed by Hawthorn with 45,769 fans per game…..Still less than half the average number of fans attending a Michigan home game. Huh.
Other Austalian football codes in 2013:
- NRL – In 184 games, total fan attendance 2,888,760 with an average of 15,700 per game;
- Super Rugby – In 26 games, total fan attendance 467,752 with an average of 17,999 per game.