Friday, October 19, 2018
  • USF Sports Bulletin
  • Joey Knight

NCAA: Home attendance down for USF, FSU and Florida Gators

A year after having one of the largest home attendance increases in the nation, USF's crowds fell by 16 percent — the largest drop in the state.

The Bulls averaged 31,401 fans at Raymond James Stadium in 2017, according to this data from the NCAA. That's down 6,138 from 2016. The figure is, however, still up from where USF was in 2015 (26,578) and ranks sixth in the AAC.

Rival UCF was among the 30 biggest risers in home attendance for the second year in a row. The Knights' crowds jumped by 1,044 (2.9 percent) to 36,846. That's the 29th largest increase nationally.

Florida, Florida State and Miami all ranked in the top 25 nationally in home attendance:

Gators (No. 11): 86,715. Down 1,131 (1.3 percent) from 2016

FSU (No. 20): 70,943. Down 5,857 (7.6 percent) from 2016

Miami (No. 25): 58,682. Up 110 (0.2 percent) from 2016

Another interesting stat: SEC home attendance fell 3.1 percent (2,433). The league still led the country, but the drop is noticeable after slipping by more than 1,000 spectators per game in 2016.

Attendance nationwide was down 962,  or about 2 percent.

Lane Kiffin's Florida Atlantic Owls had the third biggest increase nationally, jumping from 10,073 to 18,948. Florida International dropped from 16,789 to 14,286.

It's unclear how much Hurricane Irma affected these figures, either because of different matchups, rescheduled games or anything else.

Check out all of the NCAA attendance figures  here.