2008 College Football Spring Game Attendance

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2008 College Football Spring Game Attendance

College football spring games were once merely scrimmages held mostly for the benefit of the coaches and players. Now they are full fledged fan festivals and recruiting events complete with rock concerts and nation-wide television coverage.

Over 80,000 Husker fans poured into Memorial Stadium for the 2008 Red-White Game. It was the most well attended spring scrimmage in the nation. Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and Florida each had over 60,000 fans in attendance and many schools saw their attendance climb from last year's spring game.

2008 College Football Spring Game Attendance

Attendance Up Nation-Wide

Many programs saw increased spring game attendance compared to last year. Many schools organize fan festivals around the spring scrimmage that include concerts and family-friendly entertainment in an effort to boost interest.

Illinois, West Virginia, Arkansas, Virginia, Colorado, and Missouri all saw crowds that were at least twice the size as last year. Notre Dame stood out as one of the bigger losers in attendance, with 40% fewer fans attending this year compared to last.

School20082007Difference% Change
Nebraska80149542882586148%
Alabama7820092138-13938-15%
Ohio State763467531010361%
Penn State730007100020003%
Florida61000475001350028%
Texas43000425005001%
Arkansas402004000362005%
Auburn3500031757324310%
LSU336241437519249134%
Texas A&M32000
South Carolina3112535153-4028-11%
Notre Dame3028651852-21566-42%
Florida State3000025000500020%
Virginia Tech30000
Ole Miss28311170001131167%
Tennessee28000174091059161%
Michigan State270002500020008%
Missouri263221000016322163%
Clemson2500020000500025%
Oklahoma2330621020228611%
USC2200015000700047%
Wisconsin2200018020398022%
Oklahoma State2000015000500033%
Georgia1987421407-1533-7%
West Virginia180001000170001,700%
Colorado17800600011800197%
BYU1670016752-52-0%
Kansas State1552316732-1209-7%
Iowa1535219000-3648-19%
NC State15273148004733%
UCLA15052
Rutgers1450111079342231%
Oregon14107
Illinois12531500120312,406%
Miami110007000400057%
Maryland10221
Cincinnati101425200494295%
Kansas100008000200025%
Kentucky85005000350070%
Georgia Tech8500
Iowa State80007000100014%
Marshall6107
Utah4500
Wake Forest4100
Virginia400010003000300%
Arizona40009500-5500-58%
Syracuse34282000142871%
SMU3428
Arizona State30005250-2250-43%
California2000200000%
Michigan10005500-4500-82%

Husker Spring Game Attendance

Husker spring games saw a resurgence during the Callahan/Pederson era, but this was the first sell out in school history.

The NU staff reportedly did not want this year's spring game to be televised to prevent opposing teams from getting game film of the new program. Once that decision was made, the push was on to sell out the game. Husker fans were happy to oblige given the renewed optimism surrounding the return of Tom Osborne and Bo Pelini.

Nebraska Spring Game Attendance

Related

Here are the attendance numbers from the 2007 Spring Games and 2006 Spring Games.

If I missed anything, feel free to send me your additions or corrections to jason@bigrednetwork.com or leave a comment below.

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