Cyclone football attendance increase is third-best among BCS schools in an environment of decreasing crowds

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Only one-third of Division 1A football schools averaged more than 50,000 fans per home game in 2011. Iowa State was one of them.

The Cyclones’ national attendance ranking of 38th is the first time in school history (NCAA online attendance records go back to 1998) that ISU made the nation’s Top 40. The school’s previous best was 44th in 2006.

ISU’s average home crowd in 2011 was 8,252 fans per game more than the 2010 figure. That increase of 15.4% was 12th-best in the nation and third-best among BCS automatic qualifying schools. Only Stanford (19.9% increase) and Arizona State (18.8%) had higher increases.

The national trend shows decreasing crowds for college football. The average crowd in Division 1A last fall was 45,523, the lowest since 2004. Sixty-five schools had lower home averages in 2011 than the previous season.

The Cyclones, who also had a school-record six home games above 50k this fall, are bucking the national trends for home attendance at its football games.

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