Clemson had a 29-game winning streak ended last night by LSU. They’ve won 29 straight regular season games and counting. Rabid fan base, highly successful team, certainly no problem with people staying home because they don’t think they’ll win a particular game.
How many home games have they sold out during that 29-game streak? Three. They didn’t sell out a single game during the entire NC season of 2018. They’ve even resorted to handing out free tickets to students who didn’t buy student passes to get butts in the seats. Part of their problem (a nice one to have) is that they blow out so many teams that students and a lot of other fans who do show up tend to leave at halftime, so second halves feature acres of empty aluminum.
Even Notre Dame didn’t sell out every game last season, and the Irish are pretty much an automatic sellout for about the last 40 years.
A Florida business professor had his students ask friends why they didn’t go to UF games. The reasons they found were blowout games, weather (can get a little toasty at Gainesville in September), no beer in the stadium – but the most common one was cost of tickets ($20 at Florida). Games being on TV wasn’t a major reason; neither was traumatic brain injury, or games being boring, or long TV timeouts (or ads and canned music playing over the Jumbotron/PA if you read this board much).
All of this, by the way, from an SI.com tour of college campuses last season: