Gopher Fans Buck National Student Attendance Trends at Football Games

Updated: 08/28/2014 6:36 PM
Created: 08/28/2014 4:47 PM
By: Ellen Galles

New numbers show student attendance at football games is fumbling around the country. According to a report released by the Wall Street Journal, student attendance is down an average of 7 percent, even at some schools renowned for their football programs. 

But the University of Minnesota is bucking the trend. From 2012 to 2013 attendance jumped about 20 percent (or about 750 students). 

A spokesperson for the university says they utilize social media to get students' attention. It can be a tough job getting students to the game, but it's an important one.

"I think it's critical. I think the student section really drives the feel of the game inside the stadium," said Chris Werle, Senior Associate Athletic Director for the University of Minnesota.

"It's not easy as it used to be when there were only three television channels and no social media. They have a lot of options," he said.

Factors keeping students away range from better TV coverage of the games to ticket prices. 

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