Originally Posted by paintmered
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.
Do you think the average attendance against teams like Tulane, Temple, Memphis, and SMU will be >32K? BTW, I'm well aware of the reasons for last year's poor attendance. BTW, that second 1-AA team was a result of WVU's abrupt departure. Kind of ties back to my original point about how damaging that loss was.