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LSU takes early lead in spring game attendance

The LSU Tigers brought spring practices to an end on Saturday in front of 18,565 fans. Though it is early in the spring game schedule, LSU has set the bar for spring game attendance. That spot in the pole position will not hold though.

Considering past spring game crowds to show up for Alabama, Auburn, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State, LSU’s number figures to drop in the overall spring game when all is said and done this spring season. Crowds twice or three times as large as the LSU crowd should be expected at each of those programs later this month, at least if the weather cooperates. Michigan and Ole Miss each claimed 15,000 fans showed up for Saturday’s spring game or scrimmage.

When reviewing spring game attendance figures it is important to keep a few things in mind. Programs approach the final spring practice differently. Some make a big deal and create a huge event around it. Others simply just open the doors and whoever shows up, shows up. Some schools hold the spring game in the football stadium, while others move it to a local high school or a practice field. Baylor opened their final practice open to fans on a practice field while the new stadium continues to be constructed.

Here is a look at the spring game attendance figures confirmed through April 7.

  1. LSU - 18,565
  2. Michigan - 15,000
    Ole Miss - 15,000
  3. BYU - 6,500
  4. Troy - 5,500
  5. Cincinnati - 5,400
  6. Duke - 4,000
  7. Baylor - 3,750
  8. Appalachian State - 2,500
  9. USF - 2,000
  10. Bowling Green - 600
  11. Air Force - 300

San Jose State, South Alabama, TCU and FAU did not record an attendance figure. Boston College and San Diego State have not responded to an attendance inquiry. All attendance figures, including a conference-by-conference breakdown can be found here.

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