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Pac-12 Sees Worst CFB Attendance Drop Of Any Power Five Conference

No Power Five conference has "experienced a more dramatic decrease" in football attendance than the Pac-12 between '13-18, according to Jon Wilner of the San Jose MERCURY NEWS. Average attendance in the Pac-12 dropped by 13.3% over that period, which is "more than twice the decline" of any other Power Five conference. From '11-18, the Pac-12 average attendance fell from 52,249 to 46,442. From '17-18, the drop was 6.3%, "approximately half the overall decline." This is due in part because in '17, the Pac-12 "produced the worst bowl record in major college history," with just one victory in eight games. The conference "followed that with a forgettable regular season in the fall of '18." The "overall product wasn't up to standards, the headlines were bad" and a "malaise seemed to engulf the conference." The quest to "engage fans, especially young fans, is unfolding across college sports," not just in the Pac-12. But it is "reasonable to assume that the quality of the product matters -- that a winning team will fill more seats than a losing team, that a ranked opponent will generate more interest than an unranked opponent" (San Jose MERCURY NEWS, 11/7).

POWER FIVE AVERAGE FOOTBALL ATTENDANCE
CONFERENCE
'13 AVERAGE
'18 AVERAGE
TOTAL DECLINE
PERCENTAGE DECLINE
ACC
49,982
48,820
1,162
2.3%
Big 12
58,899
56,986
1,913
3.2%
Big Ten
70,431
65,376
5,055
7.1%
Pac-12
53,619
46,442
7,177
13.3%
SEC
75,674
73,994
1,680
2.2%
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