USF actual crowd for Rutgers: 25,775
As exciting as USF's milestone victory against Rutgers was on Wednesday night, the Bulls earned their 100th all-time win in front of an actual attendance of just 25,755, the smallest this season for USF at Raymond James Stadium by more than 3,000 fans.
The Wednesday night slot has a natural effect on attendance, with school and work the following morning limiting families and out-of-town travelers. USF had a two-for-one ticket promotion to encourage more walk-up attendance, but the announced attendance of 39,465 -- based on total tickets distributed -- shows that fully a third of the people with tickets didn't make it to the game.
USF's actual attendance has declined since a season high of 32,870 for the Bulls' opener against I-AA Stony Brook, when new coach Skip Holtz was making his debut at USF. USF's Big East opener against Syracuse, also on a Saturday, drew an actual crowd of 30,344, but Wednesday's crowd fell short of the Bulls' draws for lesser teams like Western Kentucky (29,939) and Florida Atlantic (28,946).
USF's season ticket sales were impressively close to last year's total, but the average announced attendance is down sharply from last season -- after averaging 52,553 in 2009, the Bulls are down 24 percent to 40,059. That would be the lowest home average since before the Bulls' rise to No. 2 in the national rankings in 2007 -- USF averaged 30,222 at home for the 2006 season. The Bulls still have home games against Pittsburgh and Connecticut (both on Saturdays) that could help that average a bit.