There has been much discussion regarding the willingness of Wolfpack Nation to show up at the Dec. 28 bowl game versus West Virginia in Orlando. This year will be especially scrutinized after 3rd place Maryland was relegated to the Military bowl, the ACC’s 8th (in preference ranking) bowl game.
Pundits have not been shy to compare the fan bases, primarily focusing on the Terp’s weak support. For example, in the regular season, Maryland home games did not even average 75% attendance. That is what my dad would call “piss poor”. In comparison, the Wolfpack had several sell outs resulting in almost 99% average attendance.
So, back to the question at hand, will our fan base live up to it’s reputation?
Eight days after the announcement that N.C. State would play in the Champs Sports Bowl, the school’s ticket office had sold more than 8,500 tickets for the game according to senior associate athletic director Chris Kingston said Monday.
N.C. State’s ticket allotment for the game is 13,500.Kingston said 37 percent of the tickets sold directly through the bowl or Ticketmaster have been sold to North Carolina addresses. He said that has given North Carolina the largest percentage of sales through those venues of any state.
It remains to be seen. Below I’ve compiled attendance figures for the years since NC State’s first “Champs” bowl in 1998. I do not know of these numbers in relation to possibly changing capacity (the bowl has been in Orlando since 2001). It would be nice to see these in a percentage format.
In this century, State has pulled around 28k total fans to the bowl against marginal traveling fan bases. In 2006 Maryland played Purdue and brought in 40k together. This is also when the game shifted from a pre-Christmas game to a post-Christmas game (possibly accounting for some of the increased attendance).
Also below, top appearances since the bowl’s inception.
|Champs Sports Bowl|
|12/29/2009||Wisconsin 20, Miami 14||56747|
|12/27/2008||Florida State 42, Wisconsin 13||52692|
|12/28/2007||Boston College 24, Michigan State 21||46554|
|12/29/2006||Maryland 24, Purdue 7||40168|
|12/27/2005||Clemson 19, Colorado 10||31470|
|12/21/2004||Georgia Tech 51, Syracuse 14||28237|
|Mazda Tangerine Bowl|
|12/22/2003||NC State 56, Kansas 26||26482|
|12/23/2002||Texas Tech 55, Clemson 15||21689|
|Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl|
|12/20/2001||Pittsburgh 34, NC State 19||28562|
|Micronpc.com Bowl (Miami)|
|12/28/2000||NC State 38, Minnesota 30||28359|
|Micronpc Bowl (Miami)|
|12/30/1999||Illinois 63, Virginia 21||31089|
|12/29/1998||Miami 46, N.C. State 23||44387|
Most appearances (Top 12)
|1||North Carolina State||4||2-2|