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MIAC leads Division III in football attendance for seventh time in eight years

http://miac-online.org/news/2013/2/18/FOOTBALL_0218134157.aspx

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For the second season in a row and seventh time in eight years, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) football enjoyed more fan support than any other conference in NCAA Division III. The MIAC welcomed 161,870 total fans and an average of 3,372 per game through its football games in 2012, with a pair of schools - Saint John's and Concordia - both ranking in the top five for institutional attendance.

The MIAC enjoyed tremendous success on the field in 2012, as the league opened the season with a collective 13-0 record against nonconference opponents, finishing with a stellar 16-2 record outside of league play. The conference also sent a pair of teams - St. Thomas and Bethel - to the 2012 NCAA Division III Playoffs, where the Royals advanced to the second round and the Tommies represented the MIAC in the national championship game, the Stagg Bowl.

That success was experienced by a dedicated fan base that has now ranked first in the nation in Division III attendance in seven of the last eight seasons, with a second-place finish in 2010. The MIAC's nine football teams hosted 48 games in 2012, viewed by an average of 3,372 fans (161,870 total). The MIAC was the only conference in Division III to host more than 133,000 fans and more than 3,000 fans per game. In addition, the conference had more total fans per game than nine Division II and two FCS conferences, and more total fans than seven Division II conference and one FCS league.

"The MIAC would like to thank its dedicated schools, students, fans, families and alumni for helping our conference lead Division III in football attendance again in 2012," said Dan McKane, MIAC Executive Director. "We're truly fortunate to have such passion and interest throughout our conference. The MIAC is extremely grateful to our coaches and student-athletes for putting such an excellent product on the field, to our schools for fostering outstanding game-day experiences, and of course to our dedicated fans who continually make MIAC football the most-watched in Division III."

Other than FBS Big Ten games hosted by the University of Minnesota, the MIAC schools averaged the most fans of any other collegiate conference with schools in Minnesota. The Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC) averaged 2,561 fans per game, while the Division III Upper Midwest Athletic Conference averaged 660 fans per game.

The MIAC had nearly 4,000 more fans per game than Division III's runner-up, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), which finished with an average of 2,966 per game (121,609 total). The MIAC's neighbors to the East, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) finished third with 2,943 fans per game (2,943). The Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) had the second-most total fans (132,867, 2,416 per game). Division III has 27 football conferences and five independent schools.

In the Division III individual school rankings, the MIAC had the nation's top team, two of the top five, a third in the top 15 and five of its nine schools all ranked among the top 25. Saint John's (press release) claimed the Division III football attendance crown for the 15th time in the last 20 seasons with an average of 7,948 fans and a total of 39,741 spectators over five home games in 2012. The runner-up, UW-Whitewater, finished with 7,552. Concordia (press release) joined the Johnnies in the top five, as the Cobbers welcomed 24,197 fans over five games, with an average of 4,839. Concordia has been ranked in the top five two seasons in a row, and in the top 10 in seven of the last eight seasons.

Bethel joined the top 15 with 19,192 fans in five home games, for an average of 3,838 fans per game. St. Olaf checked in at No. 23 with a average of 3,416 fans per game and a total of 13,664 in five home contests. Gustavus also joined the top 24, as the Gusties ranked just one spot behind the Oles with an average of 3,343 fans per game. A total of 16,713 fans attended Gustavus' five home games.

Each of the MIAC's nine schools averaged at least 1,300 fans per game in 2012. MIAC champion and national runner-up St. Thomas averaged 2,809 fans per game. Carleton averaged 1,721 fans per game, Augsburg welcomed an average of 1,544 to its home contests and Hamline had an average attendance of 1,367.

This season, all four NCAA football divisions (FBS, FCS, II, III) saw a total of 48,958,547 fans attend 3,569 games. The average attendance across all divisions was 13,718 fans per game, and overall attendance was down by 330 fans per game in 2012. Division III had a total of 2,361,687 fans and an average of 1,952 fans at its 1,210 games. The other NCAA conference leaders were the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with 75,538 fans per game in FBS, the Southwest Atlantic with 13,097 fans per game in FBS and Southern Intercollegiate in Division II with 7,429 fans per game.

The MIAC will welcome Division III's top-rated crowds back for another outstanding season on the football field in September. The MIAC season officially kicks off with Saint John's visiting UW-River Falls on Friday, Sept. 6, with a full slate of nonconference games set for Saturday, Sept. 7. Conference play begins on Saturday, Sept. 21, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 16, with 11 total weeks and nine conference weeks on the schedule. The full 2013 MIAC football schedule is available online.

| 2012 NCAA Football Attendance | 2013 MIAC Football Schedule |

 

Oct. 21: All times Eastern
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at Framingham State 29, Westfield State 14
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Moravian 20, at Juniata 17
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at Salve Regina 41, Endicott 14
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at Thomas More 63, St. Vincent 13
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at Union 28, Hobart 23
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at Hamilton 27, Colby 24
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at Christopher Newport 27, William Paterson 19
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at Ithaca 35, St. John Fisher 10
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at Allegheny 44, Kenyon 35
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SUNY-Maritime 21, at Mount Ida 13
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Middlebury 43, at Bates 14
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at Springfield 68, Catholic 20
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at Amherst 21, Wesleyan 17
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at Trinity (Conn.) 63, Bowdoin 14
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Husson 48, at Gallaudet 21
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Wabash 35, at Oberlin 21
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at Utica 34, Buffalo State 12
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Ohio Northern 7, at Muskingum 6
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at Frostburg State 62, Montclair State 3
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at Wesley 34, Rowan 3
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at Stevenson 26, Albright 23
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Wittenberg 52, at DePauw 6
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at Albion 31, Alma 28
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at Guilford 45, Shenandoah 20
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Plymouth State 40, at Massachusetts Maritime 14
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Wooster 58, at Hiram 25
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Washington and Lee 36, at Hampden-Sydney 6
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at Anna Maria 36, Alfred State 34
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Bridgewater 31, at Emory and Henry 23
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at FDU-Florham 49, Wilkes 31
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Lebanon Valley 17, at Misericordia 0
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at St. Lawrence 36, Rochester 14
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RPI 30, at Alfred 15
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at Curry 46, Nichols 16
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at Salisbury 42, Southern Virginia 0
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Ferrum 27, at Brevard 24
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Randolph-Macon 63, at Apprentice 14
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at Susquehanna 21, Ursinus 14
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Cortland 34, at Morrisville State 20
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at Trine 50, Hope 14
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Trinity (Texas) 27, at Sewanee 21
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Wartburg 41, at Luther 16
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at Franklin and Marshall 56, Dickinson 0
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Tufts 21, at Williams 13
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Mount Union 66, at Wilmington 7
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MIT 30, at Coast Guard 21
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at Norwich 24, Maine Maritime 22
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at Marietta 44, Heidelberg 21
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Franklin 29, at Rose-Hulman 22
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John Carroll 48, at Capital 21
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at Manchester 28, Bluffton 21
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Mount St. Joseph 71, at Anderson 27
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UW-Whitewater 20, at UW-River Falls 7
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Kean 26, at TCNJ 3
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at LaGrange 59, Greensboro 10
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at Worcester State 45, Mass-Dartmouth 40
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Muhlenberg 40, at McDaniel 13
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Western New England 45, at Becker 0
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at Maryville (Tenn.) 35, Methodist 14
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Adrian 36, at Kalamazoo 22
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Denison 31, at Ohio Wesleyan 20
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at Washington and Jefferson 34, Westminster (Pa.) 33
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Berry 37, at Millsaps 22
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at Benedictine 43, Olivet 37
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Birmingham-Southern 31, at Austin 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, Belhaven 7
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at UW-Stout 23, UW-Stevens Point 17
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Eureka 37, at MacMurray 20
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at Illinois Wesleyan 13, Carthage 10
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Nebraska Wesleyan 14, at Buena Vista 13
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Lakeland 48, at Wisconsin Lutheran 0
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at Aurora 28, Rockford 21
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at Concordia-Chicago 37, Concordia (Wis.) 17
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at St. Olaf 29, Carleton 26
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at St. John's 41, Gustavus Adolphus 17
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at Concordia-Moorhead 42, Augsburg 20
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St. Thomas 84, at Hamline 0
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Westminster (Mo.) 24, at Greenville 14
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at Loras 44, Coe 38
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Monmouth 61, at Cornell 10
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Wheaton (Ill.) 56, at North Park 0
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Northwestern (Minn.) 30, at Martin Luther 14
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Hardin-Simmons 33, at Texas Lutheran 30
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at Lake Forest 70, Grinnell 6
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at Millikin 56, Carroll 35
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at Macalester 47, Ripon 31
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at St. Norbert 38, Lawrence 6
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St. Scholastica 49, at Crown 21
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at Iowa Wesleyan 24, Minnesota-Morris 17
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UW-Platteville 34, at UW-Eau Claire 14
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at WPI 41, Merchant Marine 7
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at Centre 42, Rhodes 35
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Hanover 49, at Earlham 14
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at Chicago 55, Beloit 12
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UW-Oshkosh 42, at UW-La Crosse 28
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at Dubuque 28, Simpson 27
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at North Central (Ill.) 54, Augustana 2
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at East Texas Baptist 68, Louisiana College 35
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at Brockport 45, Hartwick 0
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Western Connecticut 27, at Bridgewater State 20
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Chapman 38, at La Verne 21
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Pacific 17, at Lewis and Clark 7
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Pacific Lutheran 27, at Willamette 14
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at Whitworth 38, Puget Sound 23
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Redlands 42, at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 25
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at Linfield 12, George Fox 6
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Sul Ross State 52, at Howard Payne 15
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at Castleton 17, Dean 14
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N.C. Wesleyan 21, at Averett 15
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at Otterbein 37, Baldwin Wallace 29
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Case Western Reserve 45, at Geneva 7
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Carnegie Mellon 42, at Thiel 10
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at Illinois College 23, Knox 13
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at Cal Lutheran 60, Whittier 34
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Occidental at Pomona-Pitzer
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at Wesley 34, Rowan 3
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at Frostburg State 62, Montclair State 3
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Wittenberg 52, at DePauw 6
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at Springfield 68, Catholic 20
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Wartburg 41, at Luther 16
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Mount Union 66, at Wilmington 7
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at Marietta 44, Heidelberg 21
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at Washington and Jefferson 34, Westminster (Pa.) 33
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Hardin-Simmons 33, at Texas Lutheran 30
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, Belhaven 7
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St. Thomas 84, at Hamline 0
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at St. John's 41, Gustavus Adolphus 17
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at Illinois Wesleyan 13, Carthage 10
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at Concordia-Moorhead 42, Augsburg 20
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Berry 37, at Millsaps 22
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UW-Platteville 34, at UW-Eau Claire 14
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UW-Oshkosh 42, at UW-La Crosse 28
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at North Central (Ill.) 54, Augustana 2
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at Brockport 45, Hartwick 0
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at Linfield 12, George Fox 6
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Case Western Reserve 45, at Geneva 7
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Frostburg State at Southern Virginia
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