It’s fair to wonder whether SEC attendance will slip this week every year. A significant percentage of the top teams in the conference take a week off to play against lesser opponents before several teams play fierce rivalry games in the final week of the season.
Luckily, the numbers hardly suffered at all. Even through the mediocre games, eight of the 10 games boasted 90 percent capacity and three teams — Georgia, Auburn and Alabama — sold out.
While Kentucky and Vanderbilt pulled down the numbers significantly, Week 12’s games still averaged just under 80,00 fans per game. That’s despite seeing opponents such as UTSA, Chattanooga and Alabama A&M on the schedule.
Here are a couple other attendance notes from the weekend:
- Four venues welcomed at least 100,000 fans: Texas A&M, LSU, Alabama and Tennessee. This is the most of any weekend of the year.
- In addition to the three sellouts, Texas A&M and LSU were also within 300 tickets of selling out. That’s not bad, considering LSU had to reschedule its game with Florida in Baton Rouge at the last moment.
- Despite high attendance across the conference, Vanderbilt hosted its smallest crowd of the year to watch the Commodores beat Ole Miss.
- Vanderbilt and Kentucky had by far the smallest crowds of the weekend, even though both of those teams might have clinched bowl games.
See the SEC’s full list of attendance figures below:
|Texas A&M vs. UTSA||102,502||Kyle Field||99.8 percent|
|LSU vs. Florida||102,043||Tiger Stadium||99.7 percent|
|Alabama vs. Chattanooga||101,821||Bryant-Denny Stadium||100 percent|
|Tennessee vs. Missouri||101,012||Neyland Stadium||98.6 percent|
|Georgia vs. ULL||92,746||Sanford Stadium||100 percent|
|Auburn vs. Alabama A&M||87,451||Jordan-Hare Stadium||100 percent|
|South Carolina vs. WCU||76,650||Williams-Brice Stadium||95.5 percent|
|Mississippi State vs. Arkansas||58,538||Davis Wade Stadium||95.4 percent|
|Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss||27,763||Vanderbilt Stadium||68.5 percent|