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Updated spring game attendance figures


They say the Southeastern Conference is a football conference. Well, that could not be any truer this season, as seven of the top-ten spring game attendances are from SEC country. The Auburn Tigers, welcoming new head coach Gus Malzahn, lead the charge with the top figure in the country.

Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn was at 95 percent capacity when 83,000 fans packed its spring game. Alabama checked in second with 78,000; followed by Tennessee with 61,000; and Arkansas in fifth, just a few hundred fans more than Kentucky, with 51,000. Nebraska is the only school to break up the all-SEC top-five.

Rounding out the current top-ten is Texas, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Ohio State.

Here is the top of the list of claimed attendance by each school:

1. Auburn: 83,401
2. Alabama: 78,315
3. Tennessee: 61,076
4. Nebraska: 60,174
5. Arkansas: 51,088
6. Kentucky: 50,831
7. Texas: 46,000
8. Texas A&M: 45,212
9. Georgia: 45,113
10. Ohio State: 37,643
11. South Carolina: 35,218
12. Louisville: 33,000
13. Notre Dame: 31,652
14. Virginia Tech: 30,000
15. Clemson: 30,000

There are still a handful of schools to hold their spring games, including UCLA and Iowa, but the SEC is finished and it seems likely the top of this list will remain intact.

One reoccurring pattern at the top of the list is new coaches bring new excitement. Auburn, Tennessee, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Kentucky are all welcoming new coaches this season.

Last season, Auburn and Tennessee both had less than half of what its attendance was this year, and Kentucky was at rock bottom.

Good things are happening in the SEC.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

27 Comments for Updated spring game attendance figures

  1. TheDecker
    5:06 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Notre Dame with only 31,652? All those HoosierIrishBulldog fans must still be butt hurt from the Syracuse game.

  2. uknbama
    5:10 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think the excitement for the new coach at Auburn played too much of a role in their attendance. I believe the rolling of the Toomer’s Corner oak trees for the last time was the main reason for the attendance spike. Check out Auburn’s pictures of the sea of people out there.

  3. Vindatuk
    5:14 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Someone better tell Bo Pelini he’s not the Nebraska head coach anymore.

  4. Weeeeee
    5:21 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    If we win 3 games this season, then we should have some kind of celebration. Maybe a popcorn box announcing that to the world!

  5. Why please
    5:39 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Why is Louisville highlighted?

  6. Jalov
    5:40 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    congrats from a UofL fan. its good to see fans get excited about football.

  7. Because
    5:42 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    #5, because UL will be the BCS Champs this year.

  8. Jalov
    5:44 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    UofL is highlighted because UofK always has to compare themselves to UofL. I dont know why. UofL is just that small little city school, that everyone calls little brother. UofL never does anything good. UofL never wins many games in football or basketball. UofL never wins big time bowl games or wins national championships in basketball. why would UofK ever compare themselves to that small little city school. : ) by the way…………….GO CARDS!!!

  9. Typical UK Fan
    5:52 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Is Javol a troll?

  10. Huh???
    5:55 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    @#8 …. Is that the one next to the dogfood silos?

  11. Strong
    5:59 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    10) Yes, it’s the place where uofl pulled their starters in the 3rd quarter or uk would have lost by 60.

  12. Mike
    6:15 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Does louisville fans have there own college sports site like we do in KSR, cause they sure love spending there uninvited time on here day after day thinking someone gives two ***** what they have to say. Its really touching how they wish to be like UK they win one championship since the 80’s get big headed, talk trash, troll our site louisville how was siva on your team 10 years gtfo !!!!

  13. Strong
    6:22 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    12) Should be Do louisville fans, not Does louisville fans. LOL!! Typical UK fan I guess. You must have gone to the Eric Bledsoe School For Kids Who Don’t Read Good.

  14. JBCat
    6:33 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Run along now, UL kids. You have your own board to bump yourselves up so you feel better. We don’t want you here, and shouldn’t you have bigger and better things to do than crow about the Cards and put down UK and their fans on a UK site? Think about it…

  15. Cats
    6:47 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    That Arkansas figure is total BS. Just look at the pictures side by side. BBN killed them. They just advertised 50k so had to announce that. Tennesse’s was also pretty off but not as bad as Arkanweaksauce

  16. Sick of Errors
    6:53 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Come on Stuart…if you are going to continue to write for the site, at least make your content accurate. Bo Pelini is not a new coach at Nebraska.

  17. The Big House
    6:59 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    What were Michigan spring game totals?

  18. JRupp
    7:03 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    I’m a casual college football fan, and even I was really confused about the Nebraska having a new coach thing.

    It’s a real cracker jack staff you’ve assembled here, Jones.

  19. whatttt
    7:07 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    If UK would have had dollor beer like little bro we would have gotten 72000

  20. Itzbadandy
    7:12 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Ohio State traveled 112 miles away from campus and charged $18.00 per ticket and still got more than Loserville. It was nothing like last years 81,000 but it just shows how these turnouts can be affected by variables.

  21. art vandalay
    7:28 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    #7- Hahahahahahahahahaha!
    I’m assuming that was a joke meant to make fun of UofL and their Ohio Valley Conference schedule?

  22. Some Guy in Kentucky
    7:58 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Alabama spring game was on ESPN yesterday and it looked half full. Does their stadium hold 130,000? Does anybody check these numbers?

  23. Jj
    8:06 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Did Pelini get fired? Or did I miss something?

  24. whysoserious
    8:09 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink


    UK celebrates Spring Game attendance while U of L celebrates a Sugar Bowl victory over the “mighty” Gators.

    Which is more significant?

    tough call there….

    oh yeah, last time UK had a winning SEC football record, Jimmy Freaking Carter was President.

  25. fb
    10:25 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    I call BS. Alabama couldn’t have had more than 25,000. It was obvious on ESPN.

  26. them
    12:04 am April 22, 2013 Permalink

    “recurring” is better use,

  27. them
    12:08 am April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like you Dudes don’t like to have your english corrected, The word is recurring,