Michigan, LSU & Alabama boast the most engaged college football fans online and offline
AUSTIN, Texas (July 23, 2013) TicketCity, the fan’s choice for college football tickets and championship events for 23 years, today announced the first annual ranking of the most engaged fan bases in college football. The ranking, based on an algorithm that evaluates fan activity in terms of game attendance, percent stadium capacity filled, average ticket price, and social media following provides a unique perspective as to which college football fans are the most engaged with their team both online and offline.
The Michigan Wolverines hold the number one spot on the list with an especially active fan base. While their fans might not be as loud and boisterous as other fan bases, Michigan has led the country in college football attendance for 15 consecutive seasons. And although it has been 16 years since the University of Michigan won a national championship in college football, the Wolverines are the kings when it comes to social media. They boast more than one million Facebook likes, nearly twice as many as the next largest following, Penn State. They know how to tweet too; Michigan also ranks at the top of the list for the most Twitter followers, with nearly 150 thousand fans now tracking their handle.
Although the Big 10 conference owns the top spot on the list, the SEC dominates the ranking with five schools represented in the top ten, including Louisiana State University, the University of Alabama, Texas A&M, the University of Georgia and the University of Florida. The individual rankings of these top schools reveal strengths unique to each team. LSU leads the SEC pack with a robust online fan community that is highly engaged, while Alabama fans are some of the most dedicated in the conference in terms of fans actually attending games, both at home and away. And after their grand entrance into the SEC last year, A&M ranks above kingpin teams like Georgia and Florida.
“While they still fall behind in terms of average attendance at both home and away compared to other teams at the top of the list, they’re filling their stadium better than some more established programs,” said Meredith Owen, Communications Director at TicketCity. “It will be interesting to see if stadium renovations, which will make Kyle Field the biggest stadium in the SEC in 2015, will encourage even more fans to attend Aggie games.”
With the start of the 2013 college football season almost a month away, there will be plenty of opportunities for fans to show their support at the games. The game ticket with the highest demand leading into the season is Alabama at Texas A&M in September, when the nation’s two teams will face off for a leading shot at the national championship. Other notable match-ups will be the tone-setting Georgia at Clemson game and the must-see Red River Rivalry. There’s lots of time for any team to make a run in 2013, but there’s no doubt that fan support will play a role in who makes it to the national championship in January.
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Meredith Owen, Director of Communications
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