Iowa State football ranked in top 10 in increased attendance in 2017

Iowa State football saw one of the biggest increases in attendance in the country from 2016 to 2017.

The Cyclones saw their average attendance for home games increase by 5,374, according to figures compiled by College Football News. That’s the ninth-biggest increase in the country, and could technically be considered the eighth biggest since the No. 1 program, UAB, didn’t play football at all in 2016.

Rk

School

2017 Avg. 

2016 Avg.

Diff.

Capacity

1

UAB

26,375

0

26,375

72,000

2

Purdue

47,884

34,451

13,433

57,236

3

Louisiana Tech

30,375

20,412

9,963

28,019

4

Akron

19,569

10,337

9,232

30,000

5

Florida Atlantic

18,938

10,073

8,865

29,495

6

New Mexico State

18,239

9,545

8,694

30,343

7

Coastal Carolina

14,959

8,,392

6567

15,000

8

Penn State

10,6707

10,0257

6,450

10,6572

9

Iowa State

57,931

5,2557

5,374

61,500

10

Fresno State

30,632

25,493

5,139

41,031

The increase in attendance came in a season in which the Cyclones finished 8-5, their best record since 2000, and two wins over top 10-ranked teams. They beat No. 3 Oklahoma 38-31 on the road in  one of the best games of the year, and they beat No. 6 TCU 14-7, prompting Iowa State fans to  celebrate by eating all of the food at the local Taco Bell. The Cyclone faithful obviously had plenty to be excited about in 2017, and they packed out Jack Trice Stadium every week as a result.

Iowa State bucked a nationwide trend of declining attendance last season. The Cylones also saw the biggest increase in attendance of any team in the Big 12. Next in the league was No. 19 Oklahoma State, which saw an increase of 2,976.

Here are the rankings for the entire Big 12.

Rk

Team

2017 Avg.

2016 Avg.

Diff.

Capacity

9

Iowa State

57,931

52,557

53,74

61,500

19

Oklahoma State

56,790

53,814

2,976

56,790

37

Kansas

26,641

25,828

813

50,250

61

Oklahoma

86,520

86,857

-337

83,849

70

Kansas State

51,301

51,919

-618

50,000

79

TCU

44,080

45,168

-1,088

45,000

83

West Virginia

55,946

57,583

-1,637

60,000

88

Baylor

43,830

45,838

-2,071

47,000

102

Texas Tech

55,065

58,250

-3,185

60,454

112

Texas

92,778

97,881

-5,103

10,0119

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