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ECU in league's upper tier in football attendance

 

By Danny Whitford
©2005 Bonesville.net

Texas-El Paso, Memphis and East Carolina are pacing Conference USA in average home football attendance as the regular season heads into its final weeks.

The Miners, in their first year in C-USA after departing the Western Athletic Conference, draw an average of 49,161 fans to their games, far ahead of Memphis and ECU, which average 38,709 and 34,560, respectively.

No other team in the 12-team league reaches the 30,000 mark on a typical Saturday, with Marshall and Southern Mississippi coming the closest. The Thundering Herd attracts 28,604, while the Golden Eagles draw 28,305.

The attendance figures are based on information published weekly by the NCAA.

Nationally, Michigan tops the attendance charts at 110,847 per game. Tennessee, Ohio State and Penn State also average over 100,000 fans per game.

Among schools in North Carolina, ECU ranks third behind N.C. State (56,189)and UNC-Chapel Hill (52,500), but the Pirates easily surpass Wake Forest (29,288) and Duke (17,486) in average attendance.

The attendance for North Carolina schools pales in comparison to South Carolina's I-A teams. South Carolina ranks 16th nationally (78,456 per game) while Clemson is No. 18 (78,000).

Conference USA attendance rankings and selected national attendance rankings are listed below:

AVERAGE ATTENDANCE FIGURES THROUGH SATURDAY, NOV. 5

[Data columns: C-USA rank, Nat rank, team, tot att,
 percent of capacity, avg. att., home games played]

CONFERENCE USA ATTENDANCE RANKINGS

 1.  (45) UTEP 196643 94.54 49161 4
 2.  (64) Memphis 193543 62.05 38709 5
 3.  (69) East Carolina 138240 80.37 34560 4
 4.  (80) Marshall 114416 75.24 28604 4
 5.  (81) Southern Miss 84915 85.77 28305 3
 6.  (83) Tulsa 92137 64.81 23034 4
 7.  (84) UCF 90333 32.18 22583 4
 8.  (85) UAB 88307 26.57 22077 4
 9.  (92) SMU 94586 59.12 18917 5
10. (100) Houston 48430 50.79 16143 3
11. (106) Tulane 75144 21.54 15029 5
12. (114) Rice 32933 15.68 10978 3

SELECTED NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RANKINGS

(Conference USA teams in bold.)

      (1) Michigan 554234 103.11 110847 5
      (2) Tennessee 431424 103.63 107856 4
      (3) Ohio St. 629939 103.37 104990 6
      (4) Penn St. 734013 98.42 104859 7
     (16) South Carolina 392282 97.76 78456 5
     (18) Clemson 390000 95.74 78000 5
     (33) West Virginia 284723 94.91 56945 5
     (34) N.C. State 280947 109.11 56189 5
     (39) North Carolina 210000 87.50 52500 4
 1.  (45) UTEP 196643 94.54 49161 4
     (54) Louisville 166892 99.34 41723 4
     (56) Pittsburgh 206485 63.53 41297 5
     (57) South Florida 121847 98.01 40616 3
     (58) Syracuse 201366 81.28 40273 5
     (59) Connecticut 160000 100.00 40000 4
 2.  (64) Memphis 193543 62.05 38709 5
 3.  (69) East Carolina 138240 80.37 34560 4

     (72) Rutgers 164490 79.27 32898 5
     (79) Wake Forest 146438 92.98 29288 5
 4.  (80) Marshall 114416 75.24 28604 4
 5.  (81) Southern Miss 84915 85.77 28305 3
 6.  (83) Tulsa 92137 64.81 23034 4
 7.  (84) UCF 90333 32.18 22583 4
 8.  (85) UAB 88307 26.57 22077 4

     (88) Cincinnati 86220 61.59 21555 4
 9.  (92) SMU 94586 59.12 18917 5
     (97) Duke 104915 51.52 17486 6
10. (100) Houston 48430 50.79 16143 3
11. (106) Tulane 75144 21.54 15029 5
12  (114) Rice 32933 15.68 10978 3

From data published by the NCAA.

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