Spring football attendance rundown

Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette points out today that the college football offseason just passed its halfway point. So why not a college football post?

Here’s a nice chart from sportingnews.com via its partner sportsbusinessdaily.com (registration required) listing spring game attendance from BCS conference teams for each of the past three seasons.

It notes at the end of the chart that this year’s University of Louisville attendance was hurt by bad weather — heavy rain and a tornado watch during the event.

Still, it does a good job of tracking the growth of spring football popularity.

The big gainers of 2010? Florida State saw a jump of 15,000, Oregon saw an increase of 12,600 and Auburn drew almost 18,000 more fans than a year ago despite dealing with the bad weather.

Some of the bigger declines: Penn State and Michigan saw attendance drop by 15,000, Tennessee’s was down 16,000, Tebow-less Florida’s was down 13,500 — though the Gators still drew 51,500, sixth best in the nation.

See the full chart here.

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