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Pitt State Ranked Third in NCAA Division II in 2014 Football Attendance

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Press Release PSU:

The Pittsburg State University football team ranked third in NCAA Division II in home attendance during the 2014 season according to NCAA statistics officially released Monday (June 8).


The Gorillas averaged 9,813 fans in six home games at 7,950-seat Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium in 2014. Pitt State ranked behind only Grand Valley State University (11,699 avg) and Tuskegee University (9,960 avg) in home attendance last fall.
 
Thanks to five standing-room-only regular season crowds, Carnie Smith Stadium was filled to 123.43% capacity for the season – the second-largest average crowd in Division II based upon capacity percentage. Assumption College averaged 1,730 fans in its 1,200 seat stadium (144.14%).
 
"Our coaching staff and players appreciate the tremendous way Gorilla Nation supports us," Pitt State head football coach Tim Beck. "We say there's nothing quite like Saturdays in the fall at Carnie Smith Stadium and this ranking bears that out."
 
Among MIAA schools, Pitt State averaged a whopping 2,340 more fans per game than the Gorillas' closest conference rival. Northwest Missouri State University averaged 7,473 fans, 7th nationally, and the University of Central Missouri averaged 6,575 fans, 13th nationally.
 
As a league, the MIAA averaged 4,967 fans on the season, ranking fourth behind the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (6,271 avg), the Lone Star Conference (5,973 avg) and the Gulf South Conference (5,091 avg).
 
The 2014 season marked the second straight season Pitt State ranked third nationally in home attendance. The Gorillas averaged 10,030 fans in five home games in 2013. Pitt State ranked fifth nationally, averaging 10,055 fans in 2012 and the Gorillas ranked eighth nationally in 2011 with 8,657 fans per game.
 
During the last 17 seasons, Pitt State has averaged 8,279 fans per home game (918,989 fans in 111 games). The Gorillas have averaged 9,523 fans per game in their last 24 home games, dating back to the start of the 2011 season (228,562 fans).
 
"Gorilla Nation should take great pride in sharing in this lofty ranking along with Pittsburg State University," athletic director Jim Johnson said. "As a staff and an institution we take pride in providing one of the best home game atmospheres in the country; and we continue to strive to improve it even more. We look forward to Gorilla Nation's tremendous support through season ticket sales again in 2015 as the season is less than three months away."
 
For fans interested in season ticket information, contact Lacie Anderson in PSU Athletics at (620) 235-4389.
 
 
2014 MIAA Attendance       G    Total    Avg
 1. Pitt State             6    58878   9813
 2. Northwest Missouri     6    44840   7473
 3. Central Missouri       6    39444   6574
 4. Missouri Southern      6    30294   5049
 5. Emporia State          5    25053   5011
 6. Washburn               6    29675   4946
 7. Missouri Western       5    20766   4153
 8. Central Oklahoma       6    23594   4153
 9. Fort Hays State        5    19303   3861
10. Nebraska-Kearney       6    19433   3239
11. Lindenwood             5    12922   2584
12. Northeastern State     5     8603   1721
    MIAA Totals           67   332805   4967
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