NBC Sports notes that VaTech is the ACC’s lone Top 25 team — on the field and in the stands.
Some excerpts from the article:
- Overall, the 12 ACC teams have filled just 87.23 percent of seats, leaving the league on pace for its fifth decline in the last six years.
- The Seminoles have not had a home sellout since 2008.
- The Hokies are tied for 17th in the nation in the NCAA’s ranking of teams selling the greatest percentage of tickets. No other ACC team makes the top 25 of the list.
- North Carolina, averaging 57,375, and N.C. State, averaging 56,820, each rank in the top 50 nationally in average attendance and percentage of capacity.
Observations: 1) The ACC as a whole statistically has an advantage regarding capacity percentages given our smaller stadiums, 2) the quality of product on the field directly correlates to attendance, 3) the ACC is a basketball conference. And it’s a helluva lot easier to sell out a 19,000 seat basketball arena than a 52,000 seat football stadium in 92 degree heat or a blustery cold rain if you aren’t winning titles.
**Please read thru the comments below for further commentary. I posted a link to the report issued by the NCAA from which these claims were derived. **