Down south, football is taken pretty seriously. All forms of the sport are heavily followed in most southern states, especially college ball. So, even spring games are generally well-received. However, this year marks the third straight year of attendance loss at Auburn.
According to the rankings, Auburn is sitting fourth, currently for spring game attendance at 45,723, following
Clemson with 50,000, Florida State with 49,913, and Florida with 46,000.
Auburn set a record back in 2013, packing 83,401 fans into Jordan-Hare Stadium under new head coach Gus Malzhan. But since then their numbers have declined. They brought in 70,645 fans in 2014 and last year saw 62,142.
These numbers may be an indication of negative attitudes toward Malzhan’s leadership. The Tigers finished 7-6 overall in 2015, but only 2-6 in the SEC. Their rival, Alabama was even crowned national champion.
Although the numbers this year were dismal compared to those previous, the 2016 spring game attendance still ranked sixth overall in Auburn history.
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