April 9, 2014

MIAC leads Division III in football attendance for eighth time in nine years

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For the third-straight season - and the eighth time in the last nine years - the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) attracted more fans to its football games than any other conference in NCAA Division III. The MIAC led the division in both total and average attendance to three-peat as the Division III attendance leader.

In 2013, a total of 160,482 fans attended the 48 football games hosted by the MIAC's nine football team, an average of 3,343 fans per game. All nine of the MIAC's football institutions drew at least 6,400 total fans and more than 1,200 fans per game in2013. MIAC schools also fared well in the national attendance standings, as Saint John's led the nation in attendance per game (7,364) for the 12th time in the last 13 years, and Bethel (38,054) and the Johnnies (36,822) finished third and fourth, respectively, in total attendance.

Both the MIAC and Saint John's were recognized for their nation-leading figures and streaks in an NCAA.com press release announcing the 2013 attendance figures.

"Thank you to all the MIAC football fans for your continued support of our teams and student-athletes," said MIAC Executive Director Dan McKane. "Our schools, coaches and student-athletes work extremely hard to put an outstanding product on the field, and we're glad that so many fans keep coming back year after year to enjoy MIAC football. We're very fortunate to have our passionate and dedicate community of fans, and we appreciate their continued support."

In the national Division III conference standings, the MIAC drew more than 30,000 fans than any other league, with the Ohio Athletic Conference coming in second with a total of 130,382. The MIAC outdistanced the American Southwest Conference (3,210) by an average of 133 fans per game to also lead the nation in that category. The MIAC's per-game attendance was better than nine Division II conferences and one Division I FCS conference, and its total attendance was higher than six Division II leagues and one Division I FCS conference.

The Johnnies and Royals finished 1-2 in the conference in football attendance, with SJU's average of 7,364 fans per game and Bethel's 38,054 total fans both leading the league. Concordia finished third in the league in both categories, with 22,135 fans and an average 4,427 per game. St. Thomas finished fourth with 19,825 total fans and 3,965 per game. Gustavus rounded out the top five in both categories with 12,303 total fans and 2,461 per game.

The conference's two Northfield schools drew almost identical fan support in 2013, as St. Olaf finished with 9,215 total fans and an average of 1,843 per game, while Carleton had a total attendance of 9,111 and an average of 1,822. Hamline had 6,574 total fans in 2013 and an average of 1,315 per game, and Augsburg drew 6,443 total fans for a per-game average of 1,289.

For the first time, total attendance at NCAA football topped 50 million in 2013. The 657 schools who sponsor football in the NCAA drew 50,291,275 fans at home games, neutral-site games and postseason games. That total breaks the previous NCAA attendance record of 49,699,419, set in 2011. Division III contributed to that total with a Division-record total of 2,465,231 fans. Division I FBS also set a record with 38,135,118 fans. Division I FCS contributed 6,238,740 fans and Division II had 2,985,610 spectators.

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 nonconference action on Saturday, Sept. 6. Conference play begins on Saturday, Sept. 20, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 15, with 11 total weeks and nine conference weeks on the schedule. The full 2014 MIAC football schedule is now available online.

 

| NCAA.com Press Release | 2013 NCAA Football Attendance |

Sep. 24: All times Eastern
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
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at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
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MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
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at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
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at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
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St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
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at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
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at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
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at Western New England 59, Curry 28
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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Colby 9, at Williams 7
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at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
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at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
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Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
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at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
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Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
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at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
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at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
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at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
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at Springfield 28, WPI 23
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at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
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at Denison 45, Wooster 7
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
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at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
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at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
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at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
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at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
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at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
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at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
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at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
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at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
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Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
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Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
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at Centre 49, Chicago 27
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at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
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Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
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at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
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Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
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at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
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at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
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Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
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Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
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Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
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at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
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Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
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at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
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Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
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at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
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Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
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at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
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at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
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at Ripon 33, Knox 19
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Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
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UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
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UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
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at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
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Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
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Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
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at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
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at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
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Langston at McMurry
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
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Randolph-Macon at Shenandoah
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Emory and Henry at Washington and Lee
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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