UK’s football attendance second-lowest in expansion era

Three minutes before kickoff last Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. (Photo by John Clay)

Saturday’s announced attendance of 54,098 for the Kentucky-Jacksonville State football game drew many a raised eyebrow. By definition, the announced number was for tickets “out” or tickets “distributed.” That includes paid tickets and complimentary tickets, etc.

Still, it was the fifth-smallest announced crowd since Commonwealth Stadium was expanded in 1999. The four lower: 53,463 in 2009 for Louisiana-Monroe; 52,471 in 2001 for LSU; 52,235 in 2006 for Vanderbilt; 51,114 in 2002 for Vanderbilt.

With three home games remaining, including this Saturday against Mississippi State, Kentucky’s average home football attendance is 61,356. That’s the second-lowest figure since stadium expansion. Here are the year-by-year average attendance figures. Only the 2006 season drew fewer average fans, 57,330. And the 2006 season did not have the benefit of a Louisville home game.

Here is a look at each year’s average attendance, plus opponents that year:

  • 1999 – 67,756
    • Louisville, UConn, Florida, Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee
  • 2000 – 65,462
    • South Florida, Indiana, South Carolina, Georgia, Miss St, Vanderbilt
  • 2001 – 63,480
    • Louisville, Ball State, Florida, Ole Miss, LSU, Tennessee
  • 2002 – 64,155
    • UTEP, Indiana, Middle Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, LSU, Vanderbilt
  • 2003 – 64,922
    • Louisville, Murray St, Florida, Ohio, Miss St, Arkansas, Tennessee
  • 2004 – 62,334
    • Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Vanderbilt
  • 2005 – 62,450
    • Louisville, Idaho St, Florida, Miss St, Auburn, Tennessee
  • 2006 – 57,330
    • Texas St, Ole Miss, C Michigan, South Carolina, Georgia, Vanderbilt, La-Monroe
  • 2007 – 68,824
    • EKU, Kent State, Louisville, Florida Atlantic, LSU, Florida, Miss St, Tennessee
  • 2008 – 69,434
    • Norfolk St, Middle Tenn, WKU, South Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, Vanderbilt
  • 2009 – 69,594
    • Louisville, Florida, Alabama, La-Monroe, Miss St, EKU, Tennessee
  • 2010 – 66,070
    • WKU, Akron, Auburn, South Carolina, Georgia, Charleston Southern, Vanderbilt
  • 2011 – 61,356
    • C Michigan, Louisville, Florida, Jacksonville State

 

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