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Tech Among National Football Attendance Leaders

Red Raiders enjoy second record-breaking season at Jones Stadium

January 7, 1997

LUBBOCK, Texas - For the second-straight season Texas Tech has enjoyed one of college football's highest attendance increases and, over the past two seasons, has the third-highest increase in the nation, according to statistics released recently by the NCAA.

The Red Raiders recorded the 12th-highest average increase in the nation this season as 45,317 fans attended Texas Tech's five home games for an average increase of 7,135 fans per game. For the first time in school history, Tech posted three-straight sellouts surpassing Jones Stadium's capacity of 50,500.

Over the past two seasons, Texas Tech has enjoyed an over 50 percent increase in average attendance, marking the third-highest total over a two-year period in the nation. Pac-10 Conference champion Arizona State, who went undefeated during the regular-season, has an average increase over 15,914 fans since 1994, while Louisiana State owns an average of 15,279 ticket holders over the same period. Texas Tech is averaging 15,153 more fans than two seasons ago.

"We are really proud of the support that our football team received this season," said interim athletic director Gerald Myers. "Our entrance into the Big 12 Conference, having an exciting team that went to a record fourth-straight bowl game and a tireless group of people that all have the same objective for success all contributed to our increase in support. I would expect our support to continue to rise as we move forward with all of our athletic programs."

Last season Texas Tech enjoyed the nation's seventh-highest average increase and the eighth-highest percentage increase per game at 27.3 percent. Tech averaged 38,184 fans per game in 1995, an increase of over 8,000 from the previous season.

Attendance Increase Since 1994    
Team              94 Avg.    96 Avg.     Diff
Arizona State      48,446    64,360    15,914
Louisiana State    64,240    79,519    15,279
Texas Tech         30,164    45,317    15,153
Kent                8,652    21,201    12,549
Ball State          6,739    18,110    11,371
Memphis            24,991    35,752    10,761
Tennessee          95,637   105,418     9,781
Ohio               11,707    20,883     9,176
South Carolina     70,470    79,535     9,065
Air Force          38,427    47,408     8,981
Oregon             34,059    41,962     7,903
Iowa State         35,593    43,371     7,778
Average Increase By Average in 1996
Team            Att. Avg.   Avg. Increase
Arizona State      64,360          17,203
Memphis            35,752          15,826
Kent               21,201          14,813
Ohio               20,883          11,740
Vanderbilt         38,270          10,843
Tennessee         105,418          10,724
South Carolina     79,535          10,108
UCLA               57,532           8,425
Texas              74,745           8,223
California         41,095           7,352
Tulsa              24,814           7,294
Texas Tech         45,317           7,153

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