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MWC/Air Force Attendance for football

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Posted: 7/3/2013 1:29 PM

MWC/Air Force Attendance for football 


I know we talk about getting more butts in the seats in Falcon Stadium, but I found these numbers interesting (and I do know they often reflect tickets sold not actual attendance).   We are not doing too bad overall in the league but still must make this a 'must see event' for every home game.

From the article (link below) Air Force is 2nd in attendance.  It surprised me.

Mountain West Conference attendance records for 2012 indicate that 2013 averages could drop again this season for the third straight season. While a number of MW fan bases saw increased attendance at home games four schools were ranked in the top thirty in all FBS schools with the largest average attendance increases last year. Leading those increases were Nevada (#6 with 7,656), Utah State (#20 with 2,585), Fresno State (#27 with 1,676) and Boise State (#30 with 1,386).

Here are last season’s attendance averages for all 12 MWC teams in the 2013 conference:

Air Force, 32,015

Boise State, 35,404

Colorado State, 19,250

Fresno State, 30,915

Hawaii, 30,031

Nevada, 23,432

UNLV, 15,208

New Mexico, 22,307

San Diego State, 30,879

San Jose State, 10,789*

Utah State, 20,054*

Wyoming, 22,162



http://www.mwcconnection.com/f...nce-in-question

GO FALCONS

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Posted: 7/3/2013 6:53 PM

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Interesting data........I am hopeful we can return to the 40+ range that seemed to be consistent throughout the preceding years according to the NCAA data:

http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/NCAA/Re sources/Stats/Football/Attendance/index.html

In the late 80s-early 90s I think we were even past that although I couldn't find the objective stats.  But I know post 9/11 things have changed.
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Posted: 7/3/2013 8:46 PM

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All we have to do to increase attendance is win... We win and put an exciting product on the field... Attendance will increase.

Seems obvious, but it's the sad truth.  We, AF, have never been a home town team... For many reasons.  But, when we are a good, exciting team we draw the fans.

Same could be said for a lot of teams out there.
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Posted: 7/4/2013 7:23 AM

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You will see increased ticket sales this year because of 7 home games that includes ND and Army.

Mike
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Posted: 7/4/2013 11:12 AM

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FoursIn wrote: All we have to do to increase attendance is win... We win and put an exciting product on the field... Attendance will increase.

Seems obvious, but it's the sad truth.  We, AF, have never been a home town team... For many reasons.  But, when we are a good, exciting team we draw the fans.

Same could be said for a lot of teams out there.
Schedule ND, Nebraska and Oklahoma as home games in the same season and we will shatter all kinds of records for fans at Falcon Stadium.  The bad thing about this is one of those records won't be for AFA wins.
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Posted: 7/4/2013 12:36 PM

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Winning is the key.  This year seems to be a larger than average player turnover.  That means it is possible to bring in some of the larger framed recruits that Calhoun spoke about in the past two off seasons.  If the tight ends are one of AF's strong suits, we need to use them more often.  Why?  More pass options means the chance for exciting big plays.  It also opens up the game and potentially give the running backs and QB more openingsbiggrin.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 5:30 PM

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It's not as much about wins and losses for me as it is game times.

Coming from Boulder County, the noon kick offs or the the Thursday 5:30 games just don't work most of the time.

Give me a 2 pm Saturday kick off a few times a year and I'll be there.
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Posted: 7/4/2013 5:36 PM

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Falcon85 wrote: It's not as much about wins and losses for me as it is game times.

Coming from Boulder County, the noon kick offs or the the Thursday 5:30 games just don't work most of the time.

Give me a 2 pm Saturday kick off a few times a year and I'll be there.
Falcon85, I don't live in CO, but IMO you are exactly correct.  Unless it's the Denver Broncos, it's crazy to play football along the front range, at night, especially in October and November. There's a reason Falcon Stadium didn't get lights until some point in the 1990s.
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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:30 PM

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One thing that I've never seen mentioned when we compare attendance to the past is the closing of Lowry AFB.  I believe there were not only a good number of season ticket holders but the student base was always offered discounted tickets and sometimes a MWR bus ride to games.  Nothing better for a new trainee on a Saturday afternoon than to get off the base and see a game.  It also introduced many young AF members to AFA Football.   In addition to the loss of Lowry I'm sure Fitz AMC brought in a few butts, especially when Army was in town. 

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Posted: 7/5/2013 11:20 AM

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I'm not surprised AF is 2nd in attendance. There are 1) a lot of schools in unpopulated areas and 2) a lot of bad teams. Half of the MWC is in the bottom 20 of % capacity for last year. Those same teams were probably also in the bottom 20 in sagarin rankings.
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