Want to get people in Jacksonville interested in football? Simply host the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.
EverBank Field, where the Jacksonville Jaguars play, typically seats only 67,246 fans. However, for the Florida-Georgia game, the stadium brings in thousands of extra seats to bump the attendance all the way to 82,000-plus fans. Even that wasn’t enough to hold those attending Florida’s ugly 24-10 win.
But while that game stood out, the rest of the SEC was inconsistent. With Alabama and LSU off this week and Tennessee on the road, three of college football’s biggest draws, the crowds were good, but not great.
Here are a couple of other attendance notes:
- This was the first week of the SEC season that did not feature a game with at least 100,000 fans in attendance.
- This was Missouri’s worst-attended conference game since Nov. 12, 2005, when the Tigers hosted Baylor in Big 12 play, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- Outside of Missouri’s loss to Kentucky, every other facility was at least 90 percent filled.
- Ole Miss has sold out all five home games at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium season this year.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars are averaging just under 62,000 fans per game at home — the “Cocktail Party” beat that by more than 22,000 fans.
See the SEC’s full list of attendance figures below:
|Texas A&M vs. New Mexico State||99,960||Kyle Field||97.3 percent|
|Florida vs. Georgia||84,681||EverBank Field||126 percent|
|South Carolina vs. Tennessee||78,696||Williams-Brice Stadium||98.1 percent|
|Ole Miss vs. Auburn||65,927||Vaught-Hemingway Stadium||103 percent|
|Mississippi State vs. Samford||58,019||Davis Wade Stadium||94.6 percent|
|Missouri vs. Kentucky||50,234||Faurot Field||70.6 percent|