Originally Posted by wolfboy
Nippert's capacity is 35k. I don't know what the average last season was (without WVU and with UL away), but I highly doubt it was 32k (PBS's capacity is 65k).
Last year's attendance was suppressed for two reasons; both were out of UC's control. First, they were forced into scheduling a second 1-AA team. Second, ESPN scheduled the USF game on Black Friday. With campus empty, only 500 students showed up. Given a normal home schedule, 32k is a reasonable expected average for Nippert.
The weather gods didn't smile on that Syracuse game; it was pretty miserable. Everyone has to deal with weather issues, but bad weather seems to keep people away more than other cities.
Also, UC reports actual gate attendance, unlike many other schools.