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Georgia boasts third-longest sellout streak in college football

FBS college football attendance across Georgia in 2019

For the 22nd consecutive year, the SEC led in attendance across college football, according to the National Football Foundation.

The 72,723 average attendance per game in 2019, however, is a drop of 1,271 from a year before. Overall, 669 college football programs across four divisions drew more than 47.5 million fans — a 1.2 percent increase from 2018.

According to data reported by the NCAA, Georgia — who announces attendance as tickets sold or distributed, and no-shows are not deducted — boasts a streak of 52 consecutive sellouts, including seven sellouts in 2019. Only Nebraska (375) and Oklahoma (129) hold longer current streaks.

AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE

(Number of games in parenthesis):

1Michigan (7)111,459
2Penn State (7)105,678
3Ohio State (7)103,383
4Texas A&M (7)101,608
5Alabama (7)101,117
6LSU (7)100,842
7Texas (6)96,306
8Georgia (7)92,817
9Nebraska (7)89,348
10Tennessee (8)87,864

College Football Playoff-champion LSU led the nation for total fan attendance, attracting 1.28 million spectators to all of their games, including two trips to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the SEC title game against Georgia and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Oklahoma.

With 1.139 million fans attending Georgia games — home, away and neutral site — the Bulldogs were one of a dozen schools to eclipse the million attendance mark in 2019.

TOTAL ATTENDANCE 

Figures include home, road and neutral (number of games in parenthesis): 

1LSU (15)1,280,985
2Ohio State (14)1,192,291
3Alabama (13)1,173,240
4Texas A&M (!3)1,157,835
5Michigan (13)1,152,522
6Penn State (13)1,143,373
7Georgia (14)1,139,382
8Clemson (15)1,071,328
9Auburn (13)1,055,713
10Tennessee (13)1,055,406

The Bulldogs also were a major TV draw, playing in three of the top 25 most-watched games of the season, which included the SEC Championship game against LSU (Dec. 7 on CBS) with more than 13.7 million viewers. Georgia's 24-17 win over Florida in Jacksonville was the most-watched meeting (6.97 million viewers) between the teams in 32 years.

Among the state’s other 15 college football programs across four divisions, Morehouse captured the Division II attendance title for the second consecutive year, attracting a total of 43,697 fans for a 10,924 average per home game.

Here is how all programs in the state fared, as reported by the NCAA (by division):

FBS 

Georgia 

Sanford Stadium, Athens (Capacity: 92,817)
Home games:
Total attendance: 649,722 
Per game average: 92,817

Georgia State 

Georgia State Stadium, Atlanta (Capacity: 24,333)
Home games:
Total attendance: 103,116 
Per game average: 17,186

Georgia Southern 

Paulson Stadium, Statesboro (Capacity: 25,000)
Home games:
Total attendance: 83,785 
Per game average: 13,964

Georgia Tech 

Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta (Capacity: 55,000)
Home games:
Total attendance: 312,194 
Per game average: 44,599

FCS 

Kennesaw State 

Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw (Capacity: 8,300)
Home games:
Total attendance: 35,686 
Per game average: 5,948

Mercer 

Five Star Stadium, Macon (Capacity: 10,200)
Home games:
Total attendance: 56,437 
Per game average: 9,406

DIVISION II 

Albany State 

Albany State University Coliseum, Albany (Capacity: 10,000)
Home games:
Total attendance: 22,485 
Per game average: 4,497

Clark Atlanta 

Panther Stadium, Atlanta (Capacity: 5,000)
Home games:
Total attendance: 10,853 
Per game average: 2,171

Fort Valley State 

Wildcat Stadium, Fort Valley (Capacity: 10,000)
Home games:
Per game average: 11,426 
Per game average: 3,809

Morehouse 

B.T. Harvey Stadium, Atlanta (Capacity: 10,000)
Home games:
Total attendance: 43,697 
Per game average: 10,924

Savannah State 

T.A. Wright Stadium, Savannah (Capacity: 13,500)
Home games:
Total attendance: 20,987 
Per game average: 5,247

Shorter 

Barron Stadium, Rome (Capacity: 5,000)
Home games:
Total attendance: 5,658 
Per game average: 1,132

Valdosta State 

Bazemore-Hyder Stadium, Valdosta (Capacity: 11,249)
Home games:
Total attendance: 29,950 
Per game average: 4,992

West Georgia 

University Stadium, Carrollton (Capacity: 10,000)
Home games:
Total attendance: 13,870 
Per game average: 2,774

DIVISION III 

Berry College 

Valhalla Stadium, Rome (Capacity: 2,500)
Home games:
Total attendance: 12,774 
Per game average: 2,129

LaGrange College

Callaway Stadium, LaGrange (Capacity: Home games: 5,000)
Home games: 5
Total attendance: 5,103 
Per game average: 1,021