SWAC continues to dominate FCS football attendance

The SWAC topped FCS and Jackson State was King of the Hill in conference.


IRVING, Texas- The Southwestern Athletic Conference earned its 40th FCS attendance title in 41 years, averaging 15,240 fans for a total of 746,760 in 2018 in a recently released report by the National Football Foundation.

Jackson State claimed the FCS attendance title attracting 99,079 fans for an average of 24,770 fans for the Tigers’ four home games in 2018.

Montana, which had claimed the FCS title for four consecutive seasons, came in at second with an average of 24,677 fans for the Grizzlies’ six home games and 148,064 spectators overall in 2018. James Madison (20,911), Southern (18,803) and North Dakota State (18,106) rounded out the top five.

“The overall excitement surrounding SWAC football and the number of fans attending our games has played a significant role in the growth and notoriety of the sports in our league,” said SWAC Commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland.

“The ten football programs within the Southwestern Athletic Conference have some of the best and most supportive fan bases in the country as clearly evident by the attendance at our games. For a league to be able to lay claim to winning its 40th FCS attendance title in 41 years speaks volumes as to the level of support and passion that our fans exhibit throughout the season, and without that constant support this type of recognition would not be possible.” 

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