2009 College Football Attendance – Week 11

November 19, 2009

Here are the top 5 stadium attendance figures from college football this past weekend (home team listed first):

1)  Penn State vs. Indiana:  W, 31-20  (107,379)

2)  Ohio State vs. Iowa:  W, 27-24  (105,455)

3)  Georgia vs. Auburn:  W, 31-24  (92,746)

4)  LSU vs. Louisiana Tech:  W, 24-16  (92,584)

5)  USC vs. Stanford:  L, 55-21  (90,071)

If I missed something let me know.  This is the sixth week in a row that a Big Ten team has been first on the list.  All of the games were fairly close except for the beatdown that USC got from Stanford.  This weeks cheerleader offering has to go to Stanford for their performance vs. the fifth largest crowd in the country!

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2009 College Football Attendance – Week 10

November 12, 2009

Here are the top 5 stadium attendance figures from college football this past weekend (home team listed first):

1)  Penn State vs. Ohio State:  L, 24-7  (110,033)

2)  Michigan vs. Purdue:  L, 38-36  (108,543)

3)  Texas vs. UCF:  W, 35-3  (101,003)

4)  Tennessee vs. Memphis:  W, 56-28  (94,636)

5)  Georgia vs. Tennessee Tech:  W, 38-0  (92,746)

If I missed something let me know.  This is the fifth week in a row that a Big Ten team has been first on the list.  The top two both lost their games, so my picture love this week goes out to the Longhorns.  Hook ‘Em!

UTFans


Fair Weather Fans (We Don’t Like ’em!)

November 6, 2009

*Editor’s note:  Special thanks to Jason in Louisville for this guest article on Fair Weather Fans…he hit the nail on the head.  If anyone else has interest in writing guest articles on a fan-related topic, email me at info@thatfan.com!  

We’re all familiar with them and every city has them… under most scenarios, you may refer to them as your co-workers, neighbors, or even, God help you, your relatives.  They are the Fair Weather Fans.

The term fair weather fan is derivative from the saying to have a fair weathered friend; a friend who is only a friend when circumstances are pleasant or profitable. At the first sign of trouble, these capricious, disloyal friends will drop their relationship with you.

 With regards to being a die-hard fan, as Vince Vaughn would say:  Rule #76, No excuses. Play like a champion.

LionsTat

This guy is no fair-weather fan...trust me.

 November is the time in the NFL season where the Fair Weather Fan bug seems to become contagious.  At this point in the season, you have a pretty good idea whether or not your team has a shot at the playoffs, and if not, the fair weather fan debates one of three options.

a.)    Attend the game until my team begins losing and head for the exits

b.)    Give the tickets away to another less fortunate fan

c.)    Let the tickets gather dust while the fair weather fan starches his underwear and searches for a new team to bandwagon

It’s no coincidence that attendance records are set during seasons of success; but That Fan only endorses those fans that will be in the stadium getting rowdy as hell no matter the record.

 When looking at the NFL attendance numbers for the past few years, it’s easy to notice that three of the bottom four teams are Oakland, Detroit and St. Louis.  All of which have been bad, and I mean really bad for the past few years.  However, it garners noticing that while the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins have not enjoyed their share of wins in recent years, they still manage to average 70,000 and 85,000 fans respectively at home games.  But the worst NFL team in home attendance is Jacksonville?  As Keyshawn Johnson would say… C’Mon Man… However, I sense there are more problems with that fan base than fair weather fans in Jacksonville.

 That Fan would like to challenge the fans of the Tennessee Titans.

TitansBags

At least these guys are at the game...

 The Titans have been #13 in NFL attendance for the past 5 years, however this year they are enduring a surprisingly poor season sharing the worst record in the AFC.  My challenge to you Tennesee Titans fans, is to not let that attendance mark fall below #13 this year.  Nashville is one of my most favorite cities in the country, and with super talents such as in MoJoDrew, Justin Gage and that $58 million dollar quarterback you have in Vince Young, things could potentially turn around quickly.

DetroitStands

Wanted: true fans that don't leave at halftime


College Football Attendance – Week 9

November 3, 2009

Here are the top 5 stadium attendance figures from college football this past weekend (home team listed first):

1)  Ohio State vs. New Mexico:  W, 45-0  (104,719)

2)  Tennessee vs. South Carolina:  W, 31-13  (96,263)

3)  LSU vs. Tulane:  W, 42-0  (92,031)

4)  Auburn vs. Mississippi:  W, 33-20  (84,756)

5)  Florida vs. Georgia:  W, 41-17  (84,604)

If I missed something let me know.  A few things to point out:  1)  This is the fourth week in a row that a Big Ten team has been first on the list.  2)  Most of the ten schools with the largest stadiums were playing away games this week, thus the reason for the lower attendance totals compared to the last several weeks.  3)  Four of the top five were SEC teams…is there any doubt that they love their football down there?  4)  The Florida/Georgia game wasn’t at UF, rather it was in their usual neutral site of Jacksonville.  Congrats to the Buckeyes!

OSUFans


College Football Attendance – Week 8

October 27, 2009

Here are your top 5 stadium attendance figures from college football this past weekend (home team listed first):

1) Michigan vs. Penn State: L, 35-10 (110,377)

2) Ohio State vs. Minnesota: W, 38-7 (105,011)

3) LSU vs. Auburn: W, 31-10 (92,564)

4) Alabama vs. Tennessee: W, 12-10 (92,012)

5) USC vs. Oregon State: W, 42-36 (89,718)

If I missed something let me know. This is the spot where I normally will congratulate the fanbase with the top attendance, but since Michigan lost to Penn State, and because I was a little harsh on Penn State last week, I will provide a public apology to the Nittany Lion family through the following:

PSUCheer


Top 10 Largest College Football Stadiums

October 23, 2009

If you’ve read a few of the posts here at That Fan, you’ll notice that my goal is to show each of you how to provide your team of choice a home-field advantage.  A few days ago I showed you the importance of noise while your opponent has the ball.  What is one way to be sure you have crowd noise at your home games?  Attendance.  And what is the best way to have the highest amount of attendance possible (besides having a damn good football team)?  Capacity.  Below is the list of 2009’s top 10 biggest college football stadiums by seating capacity.  I’ll do a more in-depth review of each of these over the coming weeks.

1)  Beaver Stadium – Penn State University (107,282)

2)  Michigan Stadium – University of Michigan (106,201)

3)  Ohio Stadium – THE Ohio State University (102,329)

4)  Darrell K. Royal  Texas Memorial Stadium – University of Texas (100,119)

5)  Neyland Stadium – University of Tennessee (100,011)

6)  Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – University of Southern California (93,607)

7)  Sanford Stadium – University of Georgia (92,746)

8)  Rose Bowl – UCLA (92,542)

9)  Tiger Stadium – LSU (92,400)

10)  Bryant-Denny Stadium – University of Alabama (92,012)

Penn States' Beaver Stadium - The Biggest in the Land...

Penn States' Beaver Stadium - The Biggest in the Land...


College Football Attendance – Week 7

October 19, 2009

Here are your top 5 stadium attendance figures from college football this past weekend (home team listed first):

1)  Penn State vs. Minnesota:  W, 20-0  (107,981)

2)  Michigan vs. Delaware State:  W, 63-6  (106,304)

3)  Texas vs. Oklahoma:  W, 16-13  (96,009)

4)  Alabama vs. South Carolina:  W, 20-6  (92,012)

5)  Florida vs. Arkansas:  W, 23-20  (90,508)

If I missed something let me know.  This is the spot where I normally will congratulate the fanbase with the top attendance, but Penn State disappointed me greatly this week.  Thus, instead of a Penn State picture, you get a Gopher picture from their opponent.

This Minnesota cheerleader took the place of this week's Penn State cheerleader.  Shame on you Penn State.

This Minnesota cheerleader took the place of this week's Penn State cheerleader. Shame on you Penn State.

Why am I upset with Penn State?  You’ll find out why in a post tomorrow so be sure to check back by…hopefully you will leave ashamed of them as well!