The University of Georgia ranked No. 6 in the nation in football attendance last season, according to figures released this afternoon by the NCAA.
Georgia averaged 92,746 per home game, selling out the season in Sanford Stadium.
Nationally, the NCAA said almost 48.3 million fans attended college football games last season –- 48,284,767 to be precise, down about 1 percent from the record 48.8 million in 2008. The decline was college football’s first in five years. The figures include all regular-season and post-season games in Divisions I, II and III.
The NCAA’s Top 10 in average home attendance for the 2009 season:
1. Michigan 108,933
2. Penn State 107,008
3. Ohio State 105,261
4. Texas 101,175
5. Tennessee 99,200
6. Georgia 92,746
7. LSU 92,489
8. Alabama 92,012
9. Florida 90,635
10. Nebraska 85,888
According to the NCAA figures, Georgia Tech ranked 40th in home attendance with an average of 51,584. That was an average increase of 4,095 over the previous season — the 12th largest increase in Division I, according to the NCAA.
The average attendance at Division I-A (now officially called Football Bowl Subdivision) games last season was 46,281, the NCAA reported. The SEC drew the most fans of any conference for the 12th consecutive year, with average home attendance of 76,288. That was down 556 per game from the SEC record set in 2008.
Including road and neutral-site games, UGA games were attended by more than 1 million fans in the 2009 season — 1,014,963 to be precise. That ranked 10th in the nation.
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