Soccer Attendance Cracks Nation's Top 10
BATON ROUGE — The LSU soccer team attracted record crowds week in and week out during the 2007 season, and for the first time in their history, the Tigers finished among the nation’s Top 10 in average attendance as the NCAA has released its official rankings.
The Tigers ranked No. 10 in the NCAA in average attendance for the 2007 season as a total of 10,349 fans passed through the turnstiles in only eight matches at the LSU Soccer Complex for an impressive average of 1,294 fans per match.
In fact, LSU ranked No. 7 nationally in paid attendance as No. 2 Texas A&M (3,148), No. 6 Georgia (1,502) and No. 9 Florida (1,299) do not charge admission for home matches. The Tigers trailed only the Bulldogs and Gators in the SEC and were the top-ranked team in paid attendance.
With the support of their fans, LSU finished with a 12-5-7 overall record in 2007 and were unbeaten at home for the first time in team history with a 5-0-3 mark at the LSU Soccer Complex.
“The fans that made it out to the LSU Soccer Complex this year helped create one of the greatest atmospheres for college soccer anywhere in the country,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “Our fans have been tremendous, and we’re appreciative of the support they’ve shown our kids the last three years. They’ve played a major role in the success we enjoy today.”
LSU has improved upon its No. 24 national ranking in attendance from 2006 when it averaged a then team record 817 fans in 10 home matches at the LSU Soccer Complex.
The 2007 season kicked off with a bang as the Tigers set a new all-time attendance record as an overflow crowd of 1,828 witnessed a 3-0 shutout of Southern Miss on Aug. 31.
The team went on to crack the 2,000 mark twice as 2,160 fans filled the seats to see the Tigers blank McNeese State by a 5-0 margin on Sept. 14, and 2,402 fans packed the stands to witness the team earn its first ever over an opponent ranked among the nation’s Top 10 with a dominating 3-0 shutout of the sixth-ranked Tennessee Lady Volunteers on Oct. 5.
“Fan support is a key ingredient in giving our players a home-field advantage and a better chance to win,” Lee said. “LSU has proven to be a tough place for our opponents to play, and there’s no doubt that last year’s results back that up. Our fans create a very intimidating atmosphere for our opponents, and we look forward to more of the same in 2008.”
In addition, the Tigers attracted more fans per match than five teams that finished the season ranked among the nation’s Top 10 clubs in the final poll released by the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America following the NCAA Tournament.
They include No. 1 Southern California (576), No. 2 Florida State (1,014), No. 3 UCLA (1,215), No. 7 West Virginia (783) and No. 10 Stanford (1,168).
With the spring exhibition season now in the books, the Tigers turn their attention to the fall as the 2008 season will kick off at home with a match scheduled for Aug. 22 against South Alabama at 7 p.m. The LSU Soccer Complex is set to play host to 11 matches this fall.
NCAA Women’s Soccer Average Home Attendance
1. Portland, 3,608
2. Texas A&M, 3,148
3. North Carolina, 2,567
4. Notre Dame, 1,938
5. BYU, 1,634
6. Georgia, 1,502
7. Santa Clara, 1,467
8. Connecticut, 1,346
9. Florida, 1,299
10. LSU, 1,294
11. UCLA, 1,215
12. Stanford, 1,168
13. Fresno State, 1,136
14. New Mexico, 1,120
15. Colorado, 1,116
16. TCU, 1,103
17. Texas, 1,098
18. Minnesota, 1,034
19. Florida State, 1,014
20. Louisville, 1,003
21. Washington, 995
22. UT-San Antonio, 948
23. Oklahoma State, 929
24. Virginia, 920
25. Tennessee, 910