In the social media and streaming age in which almost every game can be viewed with the best angles and insight from your couch or on the go, struggling attendance remains a major talking point for the powers that be in college football.
Based on our own research for college football’s highest per-game home averages in 2018 among the elites, you can expect the downward attendance trend to continue nationally when the NCAA’s official numbers are released in early 2019. FBS games — including neutral-site and bowl games — averaged 42,203 fans in 2017, a noticeable drop from the 2016 campaign.
That marked the fourth consecutive season attendance has declined nationally and if the major programs — many with storied cathedrals as home venues — suffered in 2018, that’s often a telling sign for the rest of college football.
No program is immune from fan interest decline due to exorbitant ticket fees, travel hindrances and a variety of other reasons. And on the other hand, there are exceptions to the rule when support has never been higher.
Here’s a look at college football’s home attendance leaders during the 2018 season. Several elite-level programs just missed this year’s Top 10 including Oklahoma, Florida, Notre Dame and Clemson: