Skip to content

Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.

How Bad Will Attendance Get?

Yesterday Stuart Hammer posted this graph that demonstrates the sharp and steady decline in attendance that has occurred since our last big win against South Carolina in 2010. So far this year attendance has been nothing short of disappointing.

Kent St. 48346

Western. 53980

South Carolina. 49810

With the on the field results it is hard to blame the fans for not showing up. Nobody wants to go and see their favorite team get beat. So just how bad will attendance get? With just four games left at home things look like they could get much worse.

This Saturday could set a lower total than the Kent St. game. Not only is it a noon kickoff in October but it is also opening day of Keeneland. Clearly having an SEC opponent didn’t draw people out for South Carolina, how can Mississippi State be any better.

After that the Cats face currently fifth ranked Georgia in a game where they could be 1-6 or 2-5 or at the very best 3-4. If they have the 1-6 record it would be impossible to get fired up for the game and only the die-hards would probably make the trip.


But at least Georgia is usually a good game and offers a chance to see a team in the national championship hunt. What about Vandy? Vandy will be right along Kentucky for the worst team in the SEC east. If Kentucky still has just 1 win at this point how could anybody desire to watch the game unfold. But the real low point could be Samford. Depending on UK’s record could this game get below 40000?

What do you think? How bad is attendance going to be when the season has finally come to an end?



Article written by Andrew Cassady

Follow me @ACassady_KSR

22 Comments for How Bad Will Attendance Get?

  1. Shelton's Mistress
    7:06 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Even worse is the US Ryder
    Cup team. Have you ever
    seen a worse choke than these

  2. BlueTexan
    7:09 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    If it gets any worse, we won’t be able to cover Barnfart’s salary…maybe HE will resign? (I hope.)

  3. BBN
    7:13 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    If UK wins the game against Samford and plays somewhat competively in the losses, Mitch Barnhart will bring Joker back for an additional season. Whether he extends his contract remains to be seen. I don’t agree with the argument that you have to extend him to bring him back. Recruiting will be affected either way, no extension or a coaching change. Also, UK president Eli C*cksucker is not going to be willing to buy out Joker’s contract. He doesn’t care about loss of revenue from reduced ticket sales. He only cares that the university receives a substantial increase in research grants / funding.

  4. Chief McHeath
    7:17 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Needs an X-axis.

  5. MHFaulkner
    7:19 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    f we lose until Samford, the worst we will go is 37,154 (season tickets sold as of August).

    Throw in 500 or so for Samford (maybe?) and then give aways that we will say are sold tickets and you’ll see us end up at around 44,000.

    Asses in the seats for Samford? Maybe 20,000.

  6. Chris
    7:23 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    what am i missing about the Eli guy? There was video of a drunken mob absolutely destroying some guy at the UK football game. (btw, did anyone ever figure out who the asshole in orange was?) Was there anything else for him to do besides ban alcohol at that site?

  7. CatGrad7072
    7:24 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    3: I don’t think being competitive in the losses has anything to do with Joker’s job next year.
    The only thing Mitch cares about is having a full stadium. If the fans show up, Joker is back regardless of the record.

  8. Beavis
    7:32 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Whose attendance figures are those ? I don’t believe for a minute that there were that many people in the stands. They will be putting cardboard Dummies in the stands next.

  9. Capt
    7:35 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully enough people will stay away that we get a new coach. If that means only 15 people show up, so be it. It will be worth it.

  10. Logic
    7:43 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Attendance is not as important as ticket sales. Those stink too and I would give these dweebs a cent of my money. But if you’ve got em, might as well use em. Hoping they wise up and het Petrino in here FAST. If they just go hire someone and it’s business as usual, folks aren’t going to come back.

  11. Jim Rives
    7:49 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    I was at the kent state game and I’m not sure. Where the attendance figures come from but the ky side wa filled and the visitor side had a whole lot more people than at the kent state game!! And the crowd was into it in the first half

  12. ukcat1
    7:51 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    I keep asking is the attendance that is announced tickets sold or butts in the seats?

  13. Pharmboy
    7:51 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Keeneland opens Friday not Saturday

  14. BlueCat
    8:09 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    If you build it they will come. Of course I mean the football program and that means Joker has to go. Petrino or Leach should be the one.

  15. TyE
    8:11 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t like joker as much as the next guy but what will these attendance numbers do for player wants to come play at a program that can’t put 50,000 plus in the stands. Then espn recognizes it and we won’t have any national televised games at commonwealth which hurts recruiting even more..i think joker is gone at the end of the season no matter what if not before that. Come support our guys we have talent and we WILL be alright next season with the athletes we have, I haven’t seen as much speed at UK in a long time.

  16. WERUK
    8:27 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    15. As long as we are in the SEC,most of our games will be nationally televised regardless of our record.

  17. Mitch Barnfart
    8:44 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    I want to thank the real fans for coming out and supporting our team and the rest of you need to drink the Kool-Aid and get on board. I need everyone to spend money so I can keep funding our championship girls water polo team. Our football team leads the SEC in moral victories what else do you microwaves want?

  18. jaws2
    10:48 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Nooooooooooooooo way in hell there was 49,000 last night! MAYBE 40. Been a season ticket holder since Commonwealth was built and there is Noooooooooooo way there were 49,000 last night.

  19. oldkentucky
    11:01 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    This blog certainly is not going to help raise the attendance.

  20. Juice
    11:32 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    4- it either needs an x axis or accurate data points. The USC game attendance was around 49k, but the graph has it at about 55k. Wtf?

  21. Big Whoop
    5:16 am October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Tv tried to hide the empty seats in the upper deck on the UK side of the field. It was clear that there may have been 100 up there where the students sit. Good job, little Eli, good job. Students have been drinking at UK football games since Bear Bryant was here. Drunk students sometimes get into fights. So, what’s new? Attendance is always a reflection of how good a team is, although at UK there have been years where attendance haven’t suffered much while the football team was atrocious. C.M. said it best, “It’s all about fannies in seats.”

  22. Scale?
    7:46 am October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Looks much worse since you chose the scale to start at 40k — see John Clay’s post from yesterday for a more representative plot. You wouldn’t be trying to manipulate the data preseantation to appear to be more supportive of your point, would you? 🙂