Penn State Football Attendance Ranks Fifth

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The 2012 Penn State football season endured a lot of changes from programs of the past: new coaches, new uniforms, new plays. But at least one thing remained the same — a passionate fan base packing Beaver Stadium every Saturday. According to a release from the athletic department, Penn State ranked 5th in attendance last year of all NCAA teams, with an average of 96,730 fans per game.

This is the 22nd consecutive year Penn State ranked in the top 5 in the nation. Led by a 107,818 fan sellout against Ohio State, Penn Staters once again showed why Beaver Stadium is one of the best environments in college football.

“I thought our crowds were fantastic,” coach Bill O’Brien said in the release. “They were into the game; loud, and made it tough for the opposing offenses. We have the best student body in the nation and our players feed off their energy.”

To do all of this with the daunting reality of no postseason play and after an 0-2 start is a testament to the passion of the Penn State community. Now let’s get back to number one next year, okay?

Photo By: Meghin Moore
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Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014, and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is a director of the Nittany Valley Society 501(c)(3) and is involved in student government.

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