Home Football Attendance Up Five Percent, Top Five Nationally
The numbers are in and fans are buying what James Franklin is selling: Penn State home attendance numbers remained in the top five nationally for the 24th consecutive year, according to the NCAA.
Fans packed into Beaver Stadium all year long and helped boost average attendance by more than 5,000 per game this past year — a five percent increase, per a release. The Nittany Lions drew in 711,358 fans throughout the season, averaging out to 101,623 per game.
Coach Franklin called the games “family reunions” and said they are one of the many reasons that Penn State is unique. “I want to thank the fans and students for their passion and the difference they make on gameday. We have the best atmosphere in the nation and we can’t wait to see everyone at the Blue-White Game,” said Franklin in the release.
Beaver Stadium hosted a total of four crowds of 100,000 or more last season. Crowds topped out above 100,000 just once during each of the last two seasons. Numbers were boosted in large part to the more than 6,000 new season tickets, 1,200 partial season tickets, and 80,000 single game tickets available.
The double-overtime classic against Ohio State was the largest crowd of the year; 107,895 packed Beaver Stadium.
The Big Ten increased its total attendance to 6.35 million this season, a conference record. Penn State, Florida State, and UCLA topped out the list of average home attendance increases throughout the season among attendance leaders whose stadiums were not altered or didn’t expand.
The next chance fans will have to take in the sights and sounds of Beaver Stadium is the annual Blue-White game, set for April 18 at 4:00 p.m.