Purdue fans did not let their football team down in 2017, as they showed up to support the Boilermakers for all six of the team’s home games at Ross-Ade Stadium in Tippecanoe County, Ind.
In fact, according to the NCAA, these fans helped Purdue to have college football’s highest attendance increase in 2017. In Purdue’s six home games last season, the average attendance was 47,884. Compared to the team’s average attendance of 34,451 in 2016, Purdue saw an increase of 13,433 in average attendance in 2017.
Purdue was far and away the leader in average attendance increase in 2017, as the second team on the list was Akron, who had an average attendance increase of 9,232.
In all, Purdue had a total attendance of 287,303 through its six home games at Ross-Ade Stadium this season, which currently has a capacity of 57,236.
This increase in attendance could coincide with 2017 being the first season that alcohol was sold throughout the stadium.
In addition, the increase in attendance could also be connected to Purdue having a better season in 2017 than the previous season. In 2016, Purdue only went 3-9, with two of those wins coming at home. In 2017, Purdue finished with an overall record of 7-6 and went 4-2 at home.
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