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SBD/October 17, 2013/Colleges
LSU Says Weather, Traffic Issues Kept More Than 10,000 Fans From Saturday's Game
Published October 17, 2013
BUILDING A ROUTINE: In West Palm Beach, Dave George noted it is "not part of the social fabric of Palm Beach County for everyone to plan weekends around FAU games ... as demonstrated by the Owls' season-ticket base of 3,500." FAU AD Pat Chun said, "We're borrowing from minor league baseball promotions to get more families in here." FAU's game-day offerings include "face painting and balloon animals for grade-schoolers prior to kickoff and then limbo contests and the like for FAU students during timeouts." Attendance for last Saturday's Marshall-FAU game was "announced as 19,760." That is the "second-biggest crowd in stadium history and still it was closer to half a house than it was to a sellout" (PALM BEACH POST, 10/16).
ON THE UP AND UP: In Cincinnati, Tom Groeschen notes with Nippert Stadium seating only 35,000, the Univ. of Cincinnati’s average crowd of 32,870 "is on pace to be the second-highest figure in stadium history." UC said that the Nippert "record average was 33,957" in '09, when coach Brian Kelly "led UC to a 12-0 regular season and a Sugar Bowl appearance." UC this year is "drawing well despite not being a Top 25 team." UC AD Whit Babcock said, "The biggest difference is probably with the student attendance. That has really jacked up the numbers" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 10/17).