Some 439,000 people went through the gates to watch six Big Ten contests this weekend. That's an average of 73,287 per game. Of course, having Michigan filling the Big House and the Buckeyes hosting (most inhospitably) the Nitty Kitties helped the numbers. But Minnesota is shoe-horning people into TCF Bank Stadium and Northwestern's homecoming even helped the 'Cats break 40,000 for the first time in 2015.
Who was there and who wasn't
I'm not sure what the Gophers are doing, but this is the third time in three home games that they have exceeded capacity. Good for them! Northwestern did well on Homecoming, at least in terms of attendance. And Indiana is apparently looking forward to basketball season, at least when they aren't crying and defending themselves about writing nasty things about Rutgers. And in the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, the fans of Sparty were happy to help fill the Big House as they carried away the rivalry trophy for the third straight year and seventh time in eight years.
Week 7 in the Big Ten
|Ohio State||108,423||104,944||103.32||W PSU|
Are we filling the place?
Last week, a commenter asked to see what the percent capacity on the season looked like. You ask, we provide.
|School||Season Total||Capacity||Average||School||% Capacity|
|Ohio State||533,655||104,944||106,731||Ohio State||101.7|
|Michigan State||300,373||75,005||75,093||Michigan State||100.1|
|Penn State||496,755||107,282||99,351||Penn State||92.6|
If you like graphs and charts, look at it this way:
Rutgers is giving a good accounting of itself, right in the middle of the pack and just ahead of the conference average. The big dogs are still packing them in. It is for this reason that I really hesitate to even think about stadium expansion. When you're at 97-99% capacity for ten years in a row and you've got the secondary market listing your tickets for Osh-Kosh Tech at two to three times face value, then I'll talk about adding seats.
Lose your coach, add 9,000 fans
Just for curiosity, I took a look at South Carolina the home game before and after Steve Spurrier's departure. Against Mizzou two weeks ago, the Gamecocks drew 66,251 to Coumbia. The week after the Head Ball Coach retired/resigned/got tired of losing, they drew 75,159. Both were SEC tilts. Who knows....
Yes, we will continue to dump on UConn. It is still fun, it is still appropriate....until such time as we don't need to find someone to look down on.
||Pratt & Whitney Field at Rentschler Field|
And the comparison.....
Both have had four home games, so there is equal footing. Thank you (again!), Mr. Delany.