Only one ACC team boasts Top 25 credentials. In attendance.

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.

Link to NBC Sports story.

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. **

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14 Responses to Only one ACC team boasts Top 25 credentials. In attendance.

  1. PackerInRussia 11/11/2010 at 12:26 AM #

    Wow, that’s amazing that the UNC faithful have still been so supportive despite all that’s been swirling around their program (he says with an air of sarcastic disbelief in his voice).

  2. Daily Update 11/11/2010 at 6:18 AM #

    Our numbers are even more amazing based on the performance of the program the last 6 years and the expectations going into this season that were low.

  3. 87stategrad 11/11/2010 at 7:59 AM #

    A lot of this has to do with the economy. I know that a few people who had LTRs around us have had to give up their seats in the last year or two.

  4. johnboyNCSU 11/11/2010 at 8:46 AM #

    Obviously, UNC’s credibility extends all across campus. Academic integrity, amateur athletics, and now counting…

  5. BAM 11/11/2010 at 9:07 AM #

    I think if we take it in context (the ACC), NCSU is doing pretty well. Top 3 in attendance for the conference and our max capacity is right in the middle of the 12 teams.

  6. LRM 11/11/2010 at 9:35 AM #

    Also note that Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia, Carolina and Miami all play in higher capacity stadiums than Carter-Finley.

    To add to what 87stategrad said above, the economy is a factor, especially for young folks that got in on LTRs in the early Amato years. My group of six bought 12 LTRs together right out of college in 2002. Over the years, for various reasons as life changes, the original group has dwindled to two of us left from that original group.

  7. EdMar 11/11/2010 at 10:01 AM #

    Numbers don’t lie..people do. I do not know how many of those numbers I would believe. Ex. WF 96% for the year. A third of the stadium was empty last week. No way they are at 96% even if they count the “hill tickets” but not add them as part of the capacity.

    Also another factor to consider is ticket prices. Some schools discount tickets…Wake again.. three days before their BC game last week they we advertizing in the Winston-Salem Journal “4 tickets, 4 hot dogs or hamburgers and 4 soft drinks all for $64” At the beginning of the year they had Season tickets (in the hill) for $97.

  8. Wufpacker 11/11/2010 at 10:10 AM #

    Would be interesting to know if accounting methods are standardized or if some comparisons here might be apples to oranges; ie are ALL attendance figures stated actual bodies passing thru the turnstiles on gameday (AKA asses in the seats) OR numbers of tickets sold, and is the same counting method used for all 12 schools across the board.

    Might also be interesting to compare asses in the seats for the 2nd half (or even 4th qtr specifically) if that were ever possible, which I don’t see how it could be. I’m not great at crowd estimation, but I can assure you that there is generally a much higher percentage of aluminum visible in the 2nd half at Kenan and Wallace-Wade than there is at Carter-Finley, regardless of winning/losing (and like a few others, I too am skeptical of some of the avg numbers that are reported here in this piece).

  9. 61Packer 11/11/2010 at 2:39 PM #

    What real college football credibility does a tv network have that televises only Notre Dame football and a few bowls each season anyway?

  10. BAM 11/11/2010 at 2:43 PM #

    I did some digging and found what I believe was used for this story. It sure looks like wonky math to me. Yeah, take this with a grain of salt. It’s definitely not an in depth study.

  11. BAM 11/11/2010 at 2:46 PM #

    Papa John’s Cardinal stadium (University of Louisville) has a capacity of 55k… So they would obviously not be #1. They must be using the capacity as of last year which was around 42k.

  12. BAM 11/11/2010 at 2:47 PM #

    It’s a joke that this report is done by the NCAA and they don’t even use the right numbers in the calculations.

  13. leroy corso 11/11/2010 at 4:48 PM #

    unc shouldn’t even be included in any kind of attendance ranking.
    The attendance for GT was 58,500. ECU – 60,000 Clemson – 60,000 W&M – 51,000. The attendance is guesstimated by one person, Steve Kirschner, who works in the Athletics Communications Dept (SID). His job is to paint a rosy picture of unc sports and he grossly inflates the attendance stats.

  14. SandhillsWolf 11/11/2010 at 5:13 PM #

    CF has alot of potential to hold a lot more people.

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