December 11th, 2012 01:00 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Auburn, Iron Bowl, Ole Miss, SEC
The Birmingham News has confirmed what most folks with eyes have been saying for a while now — college football attendance is dropping. No surprise there. HDTV has improved the in-home experience. New television contracts guarantee that most games are now on television (in some form or fashion). Ticket prices and required donations continue to rise at many schools. While a stagnant economy forces fans to be more selective when it comes to spending.
The result was the lowest attended season in college football since 2003. The Southeastern Conference took a hit, too.
“The SEC continued to lead the nation at 75,444 fans per game, but that was its lowest average since 2007. SEC crowds are down 2 percent since peaking in 2008 at 76,844.
This season, the SEC began allowing stadium scoreboards to air multiple replays of any play, including those under review by officials. The NFL used a similar approach. The idea is to try to provide similar same bells and whistles fans can get by saving money and watching at home.
In 2012, a face-value ticket for an SEC game reached $100 for the first time. Four years ago, the SEC’s priciest ticket was the Iron Bowl at $65. This season, 30 SEC games cost at least $65, including nondescript matchups such as Mississippi State-Tennessee, Ole Miss-Vanderbilt, Missouri-Vanderbilt and Missouri-Kentucky.
On the other hand, the minimum SEC season-ticket price in 2012 — defined by al.com as the cost of regularly-priced season tickets plus any required minimum donation — showed no increase from 2011. Half of the league’s returning schools reported decreases in their cheapest season-ticket cost.”
At MrSEC.com, we’ve taken each SEC school’s 2012 average paid attendance and compared those numbers to last season’s figures.
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