While the on-field product may not have lived up to the usual standards, the SEC still had a great year from an attendance perspective.
Per Jon Solomon of CBSSports, the SEC once again led the country in average home game attendance, as the conference’s 77,565 bested the Big Ten’s average of 66,162.
Several SEC schools were also clustered at the top of the individual school rankings. While Michigan and Ohio State led the way nationally, Texas A&M, Alabama, Tennessee and LSU averaged over 100,000 fans per home game. LSU saw one of the biggest increases in the country, as home attendance rose nearly 8 percent, thanks to games against Alabama and Florida. Seven of the top 12 highest attendance averages in the country came from SEC schools.
There was one SEC school however that experienced a very significant drop off in home attendance, and it was the Missouri Tigers. Under first year head coach Barry Odom, the Tigers home attendance average fell 20 percent, as the Tigers averaged just 52,236 fans per contest. Missouri’s Faurot Field regularly holds over 71,000 people. The 20 percent decrease was the biggest amongst Power 5 schools.
Kentucky also had the third biggest decrease from last year’s numbers, as home attendance figures dropped 12 percent.
For a full breakdown of the home SEC attendance numbers, see the chart below.
|School||SEC rank||Average||Percent increase/decrease from 2015||Percent filled|
|Tennessee||4||100,968||Less than 1%||99%|