|For the fourth time in the past five seasons Concordia finished in the top 10 of the nation in football attendance!
|Cobbers Are Sixth In Nation!|
Concordia Football Attendance History
MOORHEAD, Minn. (3/2/10) -- Concordia finished sixth in the nation in attendance in NCAA Division III it was announced by the NCAA last week. The Cobbers drew an average of 4,313 fans for their five home games in 2009. It marks the fourth time in the past five seasons Concordia has finished the season ranked in the top 10 in Division III attendance.
Concordia had over 3,250 fans at each of the five home games this past season and was bolstered by a season-high attendance mark of 6,052 fans for the game against St. John's on Family Weekend. The Cobbers also drew over 4,000 fans for games against Willamette in the season opener and versus Augsburg for the annual Homecoming game.
The Cobbers also helped the MIAC lead the nation in overall attendance for the fifth straight year season. The conference's nine teams averaged 3,178 fans per game over 48 home contests for a Division III-best 152,560 total attendees.
The MIAC's average attendance of 3,178 would have placed the conference seventh in NCAA Division II attendance and 13th in Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) attendance. In team attendance leaders, the MIAC had four teams rank in the top 30 of Division III.
"Leading the nation in football attendance for the fifth consecutive season is a great accomplishment by our nine football institutions," stated MIAC Executive Director Dan McKane. "The conference features outstanding competition, loyal fans and alumni, intense rivalries, and tremendous facilities on each campus. In a time when everyone's entertainment budgets are shrinking, there is no better value than the price of admission at a MIAC contest."
The American Southwest Conference took second behind the MIAC in Division III conference attendance at 2,823 fans per game, followed by the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (2,638), the Ohio Athletic Conference (2,547) and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (2,411).
After three consecutive record-breaking seasons, college football attendance declined slightly for the first time in five years. A total of 48,284,673 fans attended games at all 630 NCAA schools during the 2009 season. Division III averaged 1,841 fans per game at the division's 1,190 games this season for a total of 2,190,814 spectators, an increase of 25,637 fans from last season.
Michigan claimed its 12th consecutive attendance title and once again led Division I (FBS) in attendance by averaging 108,933 spectators per game, Montana led Division I (FCS) by averaging 24,417 spectators per game and Tuskegee (Ala.) led Division II by averaging 14,553 spectators per game.