Survey Finds Most SEC Football Fans Feel They've Been Priced Out Of Attending Games
SEC football games have seen a downturn in attendance in recent years, and an online survey shows 83% of respondents believe "average fans have been priced out," according to Jon Solomon of AL.com. Fifty-four percent of the 5,000 respondents from 46 states, DC and 32 countries outside the U.S., said that they are "attending games less frequently than five years ago." Additionally, 43% said that they attend one or two of their favorite team's games each year, while 23% said that they attend none. When asked if they are "attending games as frequently" as they did five years ago, 34% said that they are attending the same amount and 12% are attending more frequently. As for why the respondents are attending fewer games, "costs of tickets/donations" and "cost of travel to the game" were the most frequent answers. When asked if they "like neutral-site games," 46% responded yes, 29% responded no, and 25% were indifferent. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said that they thought attendance "should be a major concern" for the SEC (AL.com, 6/10).