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Penn State Football Drew Nation’s Third-Highest Average Number Of Spectators For 2017 Season

Penn State football drew an average crowd of 106,707 people per game during the 2017 season — the third highest number in the nation behind Michigan and Ohio State.

According to the latest NCAA attendance figures, a total of 746,946 people came to Beaver Stadium over seven games last season to watch the Nittany Lions go undefeated at home, putting Penn State at No. 2 for total attendance. Ohio State jumped to No. 1 for total home attendance, with 752,464 people visiting The Shoe over seven games.

The Nittany Lions’ figure is a vast improvement over 2016, when 100,257 fans on average visited Beaver Stadium over the course of the seven-game home slate.

Penn State also came in at No. 5 for all-game attendance, with 1,1,146,641 spectators coming out to 13 games, and No. 5 in largest average attendance increase from the previous year, with a 6,450-person jump from 2016. Altogether, The Big Ten came in second for conference attendance and was the only conference in the top five to see in an increase in attendance from the previous year.

Despite the rankings, 2017 was a big season for attendance at Beaver Stadium. Last season’s White Out crowd broke the stadium’s attendance record with 110,823 packing the stands to see Penn State topple the Michigan 42-13.

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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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