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Volume 27 No. 5
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UConn Football Has Lowest Average Attendance Since '03

UConn football's announced average attendance this year "dipped below 20,000 for the first time" since Rentschler Field opened in '03, "reflecting diminished public interest in a struggling program," according to Alex Putterman of the HARTFORD COURANT. The school "sold or gave away" 109,296 total tickets for "six Huskies home games, for an average of 18,216 per contest." Announced attendance this year "peaked at 23,108" on Sept. 7 against Illinois and "fell as low as 12,084" for the season finale on Nov. 23 against East Carolina. UConn's home schedule was "relatively weak, without a single ranked opponent." The drop in tickets distributed also was "likely exaggerated by a policy change that made tickets free for all students." But Putterman notes attendance trends "weren't all bad" for UConn this fall. The average number of fans actually attending UConn games this season "increased slightly year over year, from 10,032 to 10,286." The program averaged an "announced crowd of 40,000 fans per game (a sellout)" in '05, and "at least 30,000 every year" through '13. UConn saw attendance "plummet to 20,334" in '17 before rebounding slightly in '18 and "dipping again" in '19 (HARTFORD COURANT, 12/6).