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A Look at ACC Football Attendance
by Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com

After another successful football campaign in 2006, Virginia Tech is seen among the top teams in the ACC, and the country, in total attendance once again. And as usual, Hokie fans did their part in filling up the stadiums of opposing teams when Tech went on a road trip.

Only two teams in the ACC finished higher in cumulative attendance than Virginia Tech. Likewise, only two teams finished higher than the Hokies in percentage of capacity filled for the season. Here's a look at how all of the ACC schools stack up in attendance rankings.

ACC Football Attendance
Team Total
Attendance
% of
Capacity
National
Rank

Florida State

644,256 97.9% 9

Clemson

570,942 101.6% 13

Virginia Tech

529,864 100.0% 18

NC State

395,779 99.1% 28

Georgia Tech

354,321 92.0% 35

Virginia

346,383 93.9% 37

Maryland

345,752 95.9% 38

UNC

342,000 81.4% 40

Miami

293,359 57.9% 48

Boston College

271,903 87.3% 54

Wake Forest

195,091 103.2% 72

Duke

137,061 57.7% 84


Virginia Tech comes in behind Florida State and Clemson in total attendance. The Seminoles and Tigers both have stadiums that seat over 80,000 fans, and the Hokies can't hope to match their total attendance numbers. The rest of the conference looks like it usually does, with Wake Forest and Duke at the bottom in total attendance.

This year however, Wake Forest topped the ACC in percentage of capacity filled. Wake Forest drew 103.22% of their total capacity for the entire season, thanks to Jim Grobe leading the Demon Deacons to the best season in school history.

Interestingly enough, attendance is about the only category where you won't see all three ACC newcomers listed at the top. Virginia Tech's attendance was outstanding, as usual, but Boston College and Miami leave a lot to be desired. The Eagles only filled their stadium to 87.29% capacity in 2006, which is ninth in the 12 team conference.

Miami played before small crowds in the Orange Bowl this past year, filling the stadium to just 57.95% capacity. The Hurricanes barely edge out Duke in percentage of capacity filled.

As usual, opposing stadiums are filled when Virginia Tech comes to town. On September 9, the Hokies traveled to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. For many Tech fans, the drive to Chapel Hill was shorter than their regular trip to Blacksburg, and as a result, many made the trip. The announced attendance was 57,000, UNC's highest-attended game of the season.

On November 18, Virginia Tech played at Wake Forest in a battle of the two hottest teams in the ACC. The Hokies prevailed 27-6 before a crowd of 36,273. That was Wake Forest's biggest crowd of the year, as a lot of Virginia Tech fans made the trip.

Beside the traveling Tech fans, the Hokies are a popular opponent for the fans of opposing teams. Virginia Tech was one of just three teams to draw a capacity crowd of 44,500 to Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill when the Hokies took on Boston College.

Interestingly, Virginia Tech's game against Miami in the Orange Bowl drew just 41,504 fans, the third highest attended game for Miami in 2006. The Hurricanes' season opener against Florida State drew 71,481, and a game against cross-town Florida International brought 51,130 (and a brawl) to the Orange Bowl.

Virginia Tech was one of just three teams to draw at least 100% capacity for the season. Tech counts seats sold and not actual attendance, and 100% of the seats in Lane Stadium were sold this season. Clemson drew 101.57%, which shows exactly how big football is to the Tiger faithful. Wake Forest drew 103.22% during their season in the sun.

The Hokies' Chick-fil-A Bowl game against Georgia was also highly attended. The announced attendance was 75,406, which is 105.83% of the Georgia Dome's official capacity.

Perhaps a couple of surprises were NC State and Maryland. The Wolfpack have dedicated fans, drawing 99.05% of capacity in a down year that saw head coach Chuck Amato fired and scurrying back to Tallahassee to join Bobby Bowden. Maryland also drew 95.91% of capacity. The Terps challenged for the Atlantic Division Championship and went on to the Champs Sports Bowl.

Perhaps the best stat of all is that nine of the ACC's 12 teams finished in the top 50 in total attendance, while 10 of the 12 finished in the top half of the NCAA. Only Wake Forest and Duke, whose stadiums seat 31,500 and 33,941 respectively, do not rank in the top 50.

NCAA Football 2006 Attendance Statistics (NCAASports.com)


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   TechSideline.com Updates From the Past Week

VT Recruits Show Well in Capital Classic

April 6, 2007
Led by Virginia Tech recruit Augustus Gilchrist, the Capital All-Stars defeated the U.S. All-Stars in last night's Capital Classic held at the Comcast Center on the campus of the University of Maryland. Gilchrist, who captured MVP honors, scored 24 points in the 149-145 win. Fellow Tech recruit Malcolm Delaney turned in a fantastic outing for the U.S. team in a losing effort.
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Inside the Numbers: Ranking the 2007 Recruits
April 5, 2007
Here we are again with TechSideline.com's seventh annual "Inside the Numbers: Ranking the Recruits," in which we mash together recruiting rankings from various recruiting services into one complex ranking system that gives each VT recruit a composite ranking. We first did this in 2001, and as we add more and more recruits to our rankings, it's interesting to see where today's recruits rank when compared to yesterday's recruits. We now have seven years of data, and we can see how the 2007 recruits compare to schoolboy superstars like Kevin Jones, DeAngelo Hall, Victor Harris, and even Marcus Vick.
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Two Key Visits Coming for Boyce
April 5, 2007
Landstown (Virginia Beach, VA) star junior Xavier Boyce plans to make visits to Florida and Virginia Tech this month, with a visit to U-Conn being a possibility as well. The two set visits are important for the 6-4, 200-pound Boyce, who has been offered by Virginia Tech and is very interested in Florida.
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A Decision Timetable for Roberts?
April 5, 2007
Smithfield (VA) star WR/ATH Dyrell Roberts has three scholarship offers in the fold - East Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, N.C. State and Vanderbilt are some of the schools showing very strong interest. The 6-2, 190-pound prospect plans to make several visits in the coming weeks, with the visits coming to two of the programs that have offered.
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TSL Welcomes New Sponsor TicketCity.com
April 4, 2007
TicketCity.com is the proud ticket sponsor of TechSideline.com, committing to a 12 month exclusive sponsorship of the TechSideline.com community. Recently, we have told you about pilot sponsorship programs launched by Lowe's and Allstate, and your response has been great. This TicketCity.com sponsorship is a little different, because there is no introductory pilot period; they launched straight into a long-term sponsorship, because they "get" us and want to be a part of TSL. We still need you to show them your appreciation, though. Keep reading to find out how.
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Blue Drawing VT Interest
April 4, 2007
Although early in the recruiting process, three legitimate division one QBís have emerged in the state of North Carolina. Jacob Charest from Butler High School and Braden Hanson from Charlotte Latin already boast scholarship offers. A third prospect, QB A.J. Blue from North Gaston High School in Dallas, NC was on hand at the Butler Shrine Bowl combine this past weekend with the hopes of raising his stock and improving his chances of landing that first offer.
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Lake Gibson Stars Visit VT
April 4, 2007
A pair of Lake Gibson (Lakeland, FL) junior prospects visited Blacksburg a week-and-a-half ago, and both prospects seemed to enjoy the experience. Of the two recruits - offensive lineman Ricky Barnum and defensive end James Jones - Virginia Tech has offered one and is showing significant interest in the other.
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Spring Practice Update: The QBs and OL
April 3, 2007
Four practices into Spring Football, some trends are emerging. The QB battle that has been dramatized this spring hasn't developed, and the offensive line is a major area of focus. Some players on the OL are stepping up, others have something to prove, and still others are on course but still a year or so away. We talked to a couple of observers close to the program to find out some info on what's happening this spring, and here's their take on what's going down.
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Hokies Offer Florida DE
April 3, 2007
Virginia Tech is one of six schools to have offered 6-7, 242-pound defensive end/tight end prospect Earl Okine. A talented prospect out of Gainesville High School (FL), Okine says he captured Virginia Tech's interest recently with his athleticism...athleticism he showed off at a Scout.com combine in Jacksonville last month.
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Top OL Recruit Close to 20 Offers
April 3, 2007
Pelion (S.C.) head football coach Ben Freeman has reason to feel proud these days. His son, Dalton Freeman, has tallied close to 20 scholarship offers. Coach Freeman is proud of his 6-6, 270-pound son, and is even prouder of the work ethic his son has displayed to get to this point.
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D.J. Thomas Sets Future Plans
April 2, 2007
When he signed with the Hokies in February earlier this year, Virginia Tech recruit D.J. Thomas knew he would have to go to prep school eventually landing in Blacksburg. Now, the 5-9, 175-pound prospect knows exactly where he will go.
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