Just The Facts – Could JSU Compete Attendance Wise in the Sunbelt?
There are dozens of issues related to whether JSU should move to the Sunbelt conference if the opportunity presents itself. A common refrain from the naysayers is that JSU doesn’t have sufficient football fan support to make the move. Here are the facts:
JSU’s Average Home attendance during 2010: 17,330 (#7 in FCS);
JSU’s Average Home attendance during 2011: 17,226 (#12 in FCS);
Average Sunbelt Attendance during 2010: 17,969
Here are some selected team numbers:
Ark State: 17,394
Fla. Atl.: 14,025;
Western Kentucky: 14,577.
These are the facts. As far as opinion, it seems like JSU’s numbers would increase if we played teams that actually sent some opposing fans unlike most of our OVC brethren. For instance, if JSU and Troy State played, Troy State might send a couple of thousand fans to the game.