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LSU takes early lead in spring game attendance

Anthony Jennings AP

The LSU Tigers brought spring practices to an end on Saturday in front of 18,565 fans. Though it is early in the spring game schedule, LSU has set the bar for spring game attendance. That spot in the pole position will not hold though.

Considering past spring game crowds to show up for Alabama, Auburn, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State, LSU’s number figures to drop in the overall spring game when all is said and done this spring season. Crowds twice or three times as large as the LSU crowd should be expected at each of those programs later this month, at least if the weather cooperates.┬áMichigan and Ole Miss each claimed 15,000 fans showed up for Saturday’s spring game or scrimmage.

When reviewing spring game attendance figures it is important to keep a few things in mind. Programs approach the final spring practice differently. Some make a big deal and create a huge event around it. Others simply just open the doors and whoever shows up, shows up. Some schools hold the spring game in the football stadium, while others move it to a local high school or a practice field. Baylor opened their final practice open to fans on a practice field while the new stadium continues to be constructed.

Here is a look at the spring game attendance figures confirmed through April 7.

  1. LSU – 18,565
  2. Michigan – 15,000
    Ole Miss – 15,000
  3. BYU – 6,500
  4. Troy – 5,500
  5. Cincinnati – 5,400
  6. Duke – 4,000
  7. Baylor – 3,750
  8. Appalachian State – 2,500
  9. USF – 2,000
  10. Bowling Green – 600
  11. Air Force – 300

San Jose State, South Alabama, TCU and FAU did not record an attendance figure. Boston College and San Diego State have not responded to an attendance inquiry. All attendance figures, including a conference-by-conference breakdown can be found here.

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6 Responses to “LSU takes early lead in spring game attendance”
  1. jtinnon2009 says: Apr 7, 2014 11:08 AM

    Only 18,000? Bama will have that many within 5 minutes of the gates opening. Surprisingly low for LSU…

  2. southernpatriots says: Apr 7, 2014 2:52 PM

    Numerous SEC teams have very large attendance at Spring Games. The record will be short-lived.

    Usually the team with aggressively violent fan bases that threaten their own players with death after missing field goals or shoot and kill their own fans, or other fans will have huge turnouts for their Spring Game. Having a NFL team would help.

  3. houndofthebaskervols says: Apr 7, 2014 10:49 PM

    18K? Thats pitiful. Just shows you how spoiled LSU fans have become.

  4. boobsmcgoo says: Apr 8, 2014 12:02 PM

    We’re talkin’ ’bout practice…..

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 8, 2014 12:07 PM

    I was at the LSU game, but it was not an easy call. I waited through cooler weather and smaller crawfish for many weeks now. Just when we can go out and catch some larger ones, with the warmer weather coming on us, the game comes. I almost forgot it. Harris looked good, but the defense looked the best. Fournette is needed to really replace Hill.

    hound: I know there is nothing to do in Knoxville this time of the year, but we have other important things to do here. Somehow 18K of us found time to go to a scrimmage.

  6. tigersgeaux says: Apr 8, 2014 11:02 PM

    I could not make it to the game. My sister and her son who live in Baton Rouge did go and said they really enjoyed it. She said there were some great plays and a few which looked blown for some miscue or another. I think it will be a great season this year, and maybe an even better one in 2015.

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