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Penn State Ranks Top 10 In Home Attendance In B1G, Nation

Of course Penn Staters flock to football games, but as it turns out, fans come out in masses to all other Nittany Lion sports as well. Penn State is now among the nation’s best in attendance, ranking in the top 10 in average home attendance for six fall and winter sports according to Penn State Athletics.

The NCAA reported that Penn State now has the most teams in the top 10 for average home attendance, including field hockey, football, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and both men’s and women’s ice hockey. Penn State beat out  Wisconsin, who ranked second in the nation thanks to four teams in the top 10.

Interestingly, field hockey is ranked No. 1 for average home attendance in both the Big Ten and the country, boasting an average of 576 spectators per home match. Women’s soccer also ranks first in the conference, and sixth in the nation, at 1,869 fans on average.

Not quite as surprising is Russ Rose and his national champion-caliber squad pulling in 4,004 fans to an average night in Rec Hall. This is the third highest in the Big Ten and the fourth best in the country. The men’s hockey ice show at Pegula is also drawing in quite the crowd. With 6,126 spectators per match, the team’s attendance is the third best in the conference and the sixth best in the nation.

Despite not cracking the 107k mark yet (well, at least we don’t think so), Penn State Football is ranked No. 3 in the Big Ten and No. 6 in the country in average home attendance. A typical Saturday will see 99,531 devoted fans (even if some aren’t Penn State fans) scan or swipe into Beaver Stadium.

Despite some tough losses and ugly wins this season, Penn State will always have some of the most dedicated fans in the nation. Fall sports are still in full swing and winter sports are starting to get underway, so come out and support the Nittany Lions.

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Gabriela Stevenson

Gabriela is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism and Onward State's student life editor. She is from Norristown, PA, which she normally refers to as "30 minutes outside of Philadelphia" (she looked up the exact driving time). She enjoys Broadway musicals, neck pillows, and eating cereal at night. To contact Gabriela, e-mail her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @GabiStevenson if you want to feel young again.

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