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North Dakota State University ranked sixth with a school single-season record average of 18,516 in the final Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) attendance figures released by the NCAA.
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North Dakota State Football Sixth in NCAA FCS Attendance

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: February 07, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.--North Dakota State University ranked sixth with a school single-season record average of 18,516 in the final Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) attendance figures released by the NCAA.

The football program has enjoyed 13 sellouts over the past seven seasons including a school record 19,065 against Youngstown State on Oct. 6. The Bison are 52-12 in the Fargodome over the past 10 years under head coach Craig Bohl.

“I think fans in our state and our region have embraced our football program. It’s been a collabrative effort by a number of people. It’s a good product,” said Bohl.

“The atmosphere of the Fargodome has definitely changed. It’s become a great part of not only Championship Division football, but college football. It’s definitely a collegiate atmosphere.”

In 2012, 48,958,547 fans attended college football games at all 644 NCAA schools, including one conference topping seven million fans for the first time ever. This attendance marks the third-highest total in history and includes home games, neutral-site games and postseason contests.

With an average of 45,440 per game, the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) had 37,170,235 fans. The Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) totaled 5,967,272 fans, while Division II had 3,006,297 spectators, its third-highest total. Division III recorded 2,361,687 fans in total.

Appalachian State led FCS attendance for the fifth time in six years with an average of 26,358 fans per game. Other schools to average more than 20,000 fans a game were Montana (25,236), James Madison (22,783) and Old Dominion (20,037).

Among FCS conferences, the Southwestern Athletic Conference enjoyed its 34th attendance title in 35 years. The 10 SWAC teams averaged 13,097 fans per game and totaled 654,847 spectators. The Southern (652,927 fans for an average of 12,802), the Colonial Athletic (753,589 fans for an average of 12,155) and the Missouri Valley Football (652,770 fans for an average of 11,064) were all close behind.

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