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UK’s Spring Game Attendance Ranks 7th in SEC

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For the second year in a row, BBN came out to show its tremendous support for Kentucky’s football program.  While the numbers took a hit due to the ongoing renovations of Commonwealth Stadium, the lower bowl was completely filled in the sections that tickets were reserved.  The official number for yesterday’s attendance ended up being 35,117.  If you remember, last year’s spring game was watched by 50,831 members of big blue nation.  That’s a huge falloff, but what more can you expect?  I’d say if it wasn’t for the renovations, a few thousand (at least a couple hundred) more would have showed up.  A lot of people don’t like to sit in the upper level, so even after a disappointing 2-10 season, the numbers were much higher than years previous.

In the SEC, Kentucky’s Spring Game attendance ranked 7th conference-wide.  Leading the SEC was Alabama with 73,506, Auburn with 70,645, and an optimistic Tennessee crowd with 68,458.  Kentucky was barely beat out by Florida and South Carolina fans, who only had a few hundred more in attendance.  Who says Kentucky fans don’t care about their football in the bluegrass?  More people came to UK’s spring game than at Notre Dame, Texas, and Louisville, all of which have been successful programs as of late.

The following is the entire conference rankings by Spring Game attendance, along with last year’s attendances in the SEC:

Team 2014 Attendance 2013 Attendance
Alabama 73,506 78,315
Auburn 70,645 83,401
Tennessee 68,548 61,706
Georgia 46,073 45,113
South Carolina 36,412 35,218
Florida 35,834 10,000
Kentucky 35,117 50,831
Arkansas 30,000 51,088
Missouri 23,121 18,384
Mississippi State 21,710 21,000
LSU 18,565 28,000
Ole Miss 15,000 28,000
Vanderbilt 8,400 14,000


Article written by Kory Henry

"We will kick, pass, and run, til the battle is won!" Bleeding blue since 1990. @KoryHenryKSR

18 Comments for UK’s Spring Game Attendance Ranks 7th in SEC

  1. ChicagoCat
    4:10 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    The real story here is how Arkansas and Ole Miss managed to get EXACTLY 30,000 and 15,000

  2. Rei
    4:15 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    Ouch, Vandy.

  3. EditorInChief
    4:21 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink


  4. @GoCardsRealBCSTeam
    4:29 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    uk is a JV team at best. Should consider playing in 7v7 league.

  5. blueaville
    4:32 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    AWESOME turnout yesterday! Now let’s go get some wins for a change. I don’t give a crap about spring attendance (even though I was there with 12 others) I want some wins.

  6. Catgrad7072
    4:48 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    LSU’s attendance should be higher. They seem to have a rabid, dedicated fan base.

    • Do whut?
      5:54 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

      My understanding is that for whatever reason they never really come out for the spring game.

    • GeauxTigers
      11:21 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

      LSU fans don’t come out to the spring game because there is too much other stuff going on. It’s festival season. Bad weather this year as well. Hope you’re ready for your beating October 18th.

  7. schwing
    5:00 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    so we’ve got 15,000 fans who are smarter this year than last. that makes 35,000 to go.

    • Craig Sager's Suits
      5:21 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

      PREACH! Field a bad team every year, expect turn out to drop at some point. Stoops needs time? yes. My question is, if he’s better than Joker, then why did he match Joker’s 2-10 instead of exceeding it? Yeah he had Joker’s “talent” but still if you’re supposed to be better than you should have a better result.

    • Pistol Pete
      5:42 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

      It never ceases to amaze me what pitiful, miserable lives some people live that somehow they get enjoyment in going to another school’s website and leaving inane messages. It shows a complete lack of maturity and intelligence. I would say the same thing to the Cat fans that go to the UL website and leave similar trash.

    • Craig Sager's Suits
      10:54 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

      My comment was actually a legitimate question. If Stoops IS so better than Joker, then why did he match the result of 2-10? Stoops is supposed to be better at motivation, X’s and O’s, and all that jazz yet he yielded the same 2-10 result as Joker. Even if it was Joker’s talent, the fact that Stoops is supposed to be better, he should have done better than that mark in my opinion. I also did point out that Stoops did need time, but I stand by the question, which is legit.

  8. CatFan90
    5:18 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    Love how you gave credit to Saturday Down South, who wrote 90 percent of that article you just published.

  9. JDH
    5:44 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    Texas A&M’s not on the list. Pretty sure they’ve had their spring game already.

    • Do whut?
      5:59 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

      A & M isn’t holding a spring game this year due to stadium renovations.

  10. drewsster02
    6:02 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    Texas A&M will not have a spring game this year or next year since they are undergoing renovations too, but they were not smart enough to still work out using half the stadium like we did. They decided not to hold it at another stadium because of their inability to meet with or speak to recruits off campus. We underestimate why the spring game is so important for recruiting.

    Here is a link to the rest of the info on Texas A&M:

  11. Hmmm
    7:33 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    So the Reserves put up 14 points on the Starters. Tell me more about improvement.

  12. bluegrassstu
    10:50 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    How many colleges charged money for their spring game? UK was free and did fairly well. Did loserville charge for their game? I think Ohio State charged 12 bucks and got over 60,000. Did Alabama and Auburn charge?