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SIAC wins fourth consecutive Division II Football Attendance title

March 13, 2007

Tucker, GA – The National Collegiate Athletic Association has announced that the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has won the Division II football attendance title for the fourth consecutive year.  The Conference also had six (6) teams finish in the top 15 in team attendance out of a total of 147 total teams in Division II. 

Fort Valley State University (1st), Tuskegee University (2nd), Albany State University (8th), Morehouse College (10th), Miles College (12th) and Clark Atlanta University (14th) led the way for the conference to achieve its fourth consecutive football attendance title and eighth out of the last nine years.  Tuskegee fell just short of winning their 5th attendance title (’98,’99,’01,’02) coming up short to Fort Valley State who averaged 13,682 fans per game while Tuskegee managed to average 11,197. 

As a whole the NCAA finished the 2006 season with a per-game average of 14,124 topping the 22-year-old record of 13,852 set in 1984 and was a one-year jump of nearly 1,000 more fans per game than in 2005. The 615 NCAA teams 46,249, better than the record mark of 46,039 per game in 2005 for all four divisions. The FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision formally Division I-A) set a record in overall attendance, too (counting neutral-site games and bowls), as 36,814,468 people came through the turnstiles in 2006. The previous high in that subdivision was 35,085,646 in 2003, the last season FBS schools played 12 regular-season games.

2006 NCAA DIVISION II FOOTBALL ATTENDANCE CONFERNCE LEADERS
Rank Division II Teams Games Attendance Average In Avg.
1. SIAC
10
50
388,522
7,770
1,409
2. Mid-America Intercollegiate#
10
58
312,578
5,389
-137
3. Lone Star
13
71
379,400
5,344
-504
4. Gulf South#
11
56
284,035
5,072
121
5. North Central#
9
50
232,869
4,657
-835
6. CIAA #
11
54
241,337
4,469
-226
7. South Atlantic
8
45
153,950
3,421
191
8. Pennsylvania State Athletic
14
76
255,442
3,361
112
9. Great Lakes Intercollegiate
13
71
221,303
3,117
-234
10. Independent #
4
21
52,027
2,477
1,037
11. West Virginia Intercollegiate#
8
43
85,894
1,998
341
12. Rocky Mountain #
9
47
91,018
1,937
-411
13. Northeast-10
10
51
96,444
1,891
195
14. Northern Sun#
9
49
79,507
1,623
-178
15. Great Lakes Football #
4
19
25,196
1,326
-305
# Different lineups in 2005.

2006 NCAA DIVISION II FOOTBALL ATTENDANCE TEAM LEADERS
Rank
School
G
Attendance
Average
2005 Ranking
1. Fort Valley State
3
41,047
13,682
20
2. Tuskegee
5
55,979
11,195
2
8. Albany State
4
34,683
8,670
12
10. Morehouse
5
41,361
8,272
13
12. Miles
5
39,855
7,971
3
14. Clark Atlanta
6
42,993
7,165
60
23. Lane
5
28,274
5,654
71
26. Benedict
5
27,655
5,531
27
41. Stillman
5
20,514
4,102
64
64. Kentucky State
5
17,198
3,439
23

DIVISION II CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS SINCE 1978
Year Conference Teams Attendance P/G Avg.
1978 Mid Continent
6
237,458
9,133
1979 Mid Continent
6
313,790
9,509
1980 SIAC
12
356,790
7,280
1981 Lone Star
8
340,876
7,575
1982 Lone Star
8
348,780
8,507
1983 Lone Star
8
296,350
7,228
1984 CIAA
12
418,075
6,743
1985 CIAA
12
378,160
6,099
1986 CIAA
12
380,172
6,670
1987 Lone Star
6
208,709
6,325
1988 CIAA
12
343,070
6,473
1989 Lone Star
8
249,570
5,942
1990 SIAC
9
264,741
6,967
1991 CIAA
11
349,962
6,603
1992 SIAC
9
344,504
7,489
1993 SIAC
9
342,446
8,352
1994 SIAC
9
*456,289
*10,140
1995 SIAC
10
321,751
6,846
1996 SIAC
10
310,491
6,750
1997 SIAC
10
314,975
6,562
1998 SIAC
11
399,277
7,005
2000 SIAC
8
288,807
7,405
2001 SIAC
8
220,869
7,125
2002 North Central
9
307,688
5,594
2003 SIAC
9
254,321
6,521
2004 SIAC
9
289,352
6,889
2005 SIAC
10
292,627
6,361
2006 SIAC
10
388,522
7,770

 

 

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