The Rutgers Scarlet Knights college football team, my favorite college football team, saw their home attendance increase by 12.4% in 2012. In 2011, Rutgers averaged 43,761 fans per home game at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.
During the 2012 college football season, Rutgers averaged 49,188 fans per home game. A difference of 5,427 fans per home game from 2011, which works out to an increase of 12.4%.
Capacity at High Point Solutions Stadium is 52,454, so Rutgers filled 93.8% of its stadium capacity in 2012. That is up from the 83.4% of stadium capacity Rutgers filled in 2011.
Here are Rutgers home game opponents from 2012, along with the attendance for each game. Games are listed chronologically.
Rutgers home game opponents and attendance in 2012
- Howard - 50,855
- UConn - 50,870
- Syracuse - 48,011
- Kent State - 49,345
- Army - 43,250
- Louisville - 52,798
As you can see, the last game of the season vs Louisville drew the biggest crowd. The attendance at that game was actually over-capacity for High Point Solutions Stadium, as Rutgers packed in extra fans for the sellout game with a BCS berth on the line.
The least attended home game by far was vs Army. Only 43,250 fans showed up for that game, but that is because the game was played after Hurricane Sandy devastated the state of New Jersey.
Most people in the state, including myself, were just starting to get back to normal living when the Army game was played on November 10, 2012. We had lost power for 11 days due to the hurricane, and just got power back the day before the Army game was played in Piscataway.
When Rutgers moves to the Big Ten, the team's average attendance will be dwarfed by teams like Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. But Rutgers averages more fans per home game than Big Ten teams like Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, and will also be ahead of fellow newcomer Maryland.