football-fcs flag | January 15, 2016

FCS championship draws record attendance

  North Dakota State fans celebrate at the FCS championship game in Frisco, Texas.

Capped off by a fifth straight championship by North Dakota State University, the 2015 NCAA Division I Football Championship enjoyed record crowds for both the championship game and the tournament.

Propelled by the announcement of a newly agreed upon four-year extension with Frisco, Texas, for the Division I Football Championship (Football Championship Subdivision) title game, the 2016 championship game drew  21,836 fans --  the highest mark in the six years Frisco has hosted the championship and the most overall since 2007.

The final game of the 2015 NCAA Division I Football Championship pushed the tournament attendance to a record 258,066 in 23 games, an average of 11,220 per game. The previous championship attendance record was 256,384 in 2011.

“The NCAA staff and Division I Football Championship Committee are very pleased with the record number of fans who enjoyed attending this tournament this year,” said Mark Lewis, the NCAA’s Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances. “Fans filled stadiums each week, culminating with the record crowd in Frisco, watching top-caliber teams throughout the entire NCAA Division I Football Championship.”

The two participating teams in the national championship game led the way in drawing fans to the games. Jacksonville State University averaged 22,647 per game in the three contests the Gamecocks hosted, including a championship game-high of 23,692 in the semifinal win over Sam Houston State University. North Dakota State also packed the Fargodome averaging 18,126 in the three games it hosted.

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