Is College Football Becoming a Luxury Good That Only the Wealthy Can Afford?


The number of people attending College Football has been dropping steadily over the past few years without an identified reason.

College Football Attendance: % By Frequency of Attending

2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Number of College Football Fans Attending Games 26,160,000 25,006,000 24,426,000 20,613,000

One possible cause of low attendance could be an unfortunate reality that going to College Football games has become more of a luxury that is difficult to afford. Statistics show that in the $25,000 to $49,999 income bracket, there has been a significant decrease in game attendance over the last two seasons. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the income bracket greater than $100,000 has had a significant increase in game attendance. If that is the case, then the colleges and their respective conferences will need to find new incentives and ways to draw more fans to the games.

College Football Attendance: % by income group

2011 2012 2013 2014
Under $25,000 15.9 18.2 16 9.4
$25,000-$49,999 21.8 21.9 18.5 17.8
$50,000-$99,999 34 31.9 29.4 35.3
$100,000 or more 28.3 27.9 36.1 37.5


Data from SBRnet

This blog post was written by Samford University student Wells Campbell. You can learn more about Wells Campbell at (

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