The NCAA released some interesting data today regarding football attendance in the 2013 season. It will be seen as positive data for the University of Washington and its fans.
Washington’s attendance increased by more than 10,000 fans per game from 2012 to 2013, the largest increase of any FBS program in the nation. UW was the only school to register a five-digit per-game increase. Kentucky and Buffalo aren’t far behind.
UW ranked 22nd nationally in 2013 per-game attendance at 68,769. That’s up from 58,617 in 2012.
Why the increase? The renovation of Husky Stadium certainly helped. Washington played all of its 2012 home games at CenturyLink Field, which seats fewer people and is five miles south of campus.
And UW began the 2013 season with a 4-0 record and a top 15 national ranking, and had a slate that included home games against rivals Oregon (with a College GameDay visit) and Washington State.
But there were also some duds in there, such as Idaho State, Colorado, and a game against California at 8 p.m., along with that monsoon during the Arizona game. So UW’s home schedule kind of ran the gamut in 2013.
Here is the data from the NCAA, which is broken down in a number of different ways.
As you can see, Pac-12 attendance was actually down a bit — by about 59 fans per game — from 2012.