More Bad News on the Pac-12 Conference

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Posted by gdevil on November 28, 18 at 11:40:05:

HereŐs some more fodder to flame how poorly the conference is doing. Here are some trends based on Pac-12 attendance figures dating back to when the conference expanded to twelve teams in 2011, (ItŐs only conference games to get an apples-to-apples comparison). The declines seemed common knowledge, I just didnŐt realize how stark they were:

This is announced attendance and not actual attendance.

Excluding the Cal-Stanford game this Saturday, the average yearly attendance for Pac-12 conference games has declined about 13% since 2011, (53,237-46,420). That means that an average Pac-12 conference game now has less than 50,000 people in attendance.

Eight of the twelve teams have seen their worse average attendance within the past two seasons, (only Colo., Utah, Wash & WSU have happened earlier).

Since 2011, seven Pac-12 stadiums have had their capacity reduced, (AZ, ASU, Cal, Colo, OSU, USC & WA), three remained the same, (Oregon, Stan, UCLA) and two have actually increased their capacity, (Utah & WSU)

Currently, only four Pac-12 stadiums have a capacity over 60,000, and this year, three of those teams had an average attendance of less than 70% of their capacity, (Cal-67%, UCLA-54% & USC-68%).

Even though almost 60% of the teams have reduced the size of their stadiums, the average percentage of fans attending conference games to the capacity of their stadiums have steadily dropped from 90% in 2011 to 81% in 2018. Thus, attendance is declining faster than the stadiums are being downsized.

The lack of fluctuation in attendance can somewhat reflect the overall passion and/or loyalty for that team. The LA schools had the biggest difference between their highest average season attendance and their lowest over the past eight years, (UCLA 37.3% & USC 37.1%). ASU had the fourth highest difference at 24.3%. Utah, WSU & Oregon had the lowest fluctuation, (3.4%, 5.6% & 6.8%).

FYI: In the Pac-12 era, ASU has the fifth best home record against conference opponents, the fifth highest average attendance in conference games, but only the ninth highest average attendance per its capacity, (only Cal, UCLA and USC had lower attendances per their capacity). Currently, SDS is the sixth largest stadium in terms of capacity.

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