College Football Attendance: A Panel Study of the Football Championship Subdivision

Gregory A Falls, Paul Anthony Natke

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Panel data across eight years for the Football Championship Subdivision are used to estimate regular season game-day percent of capacity regression equations. Higher ticket prices reduce attendance (elasticity of -1.9). Better team performance, in the short- and intermediate-term, and traditional rivalries increase percent of capacity used. Poor weather and higher travel costs decrease it. Fan interest wanes as a season progresses but this is offset as a team wins more games. Games played on Saturdays, against conference opponents or teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision increase stadium utilization. Results provide some evidence for the uncertainty of outcome hypothesis. Key words: college football, game-day attendance, stadium utilization, price elasticity, Football Championship Subdivision
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-540
JournalManagerial and Decision Economics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2016


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