Football Home Attendance Ranked 13th by NCAA

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9,989 more fans per game than 1998 came out to Rod Gardner and the Tigers.

CLEMSON, S.C.-Clemson averaged 78,302 for its five home football games this year, a figure that ranked 13th best in the nation, second best in the ACC and best in the state of South Carolina according to figures released by the NCAA. The average was the highest for the Clemson program since the 1990 season and the fifth best in school history.

Clemson had a total of 391,510 fans attend the five home games and the average of 78,302 was an increase of 9,989 per game over 1998, the third largest increase in Clemson history. The Tigers averaged 68,313 in 1998. The figures for 1999 included 50,198 season tickets, an increase from the 46,541 sold in 1998.

Clemson's increase of 9,989 was the sixth best increase in college football for 1999. Only Stanford, Texas A&M, East Carolina, Purdue, and Kentucky had larger increases than Clemson.

Clemson's home attendance figure included a crowd of 86,092 for the Florida State game on October 23rd, the highest in school history. The North Carolina game attracted 81,737 for homecoming, while the Marshall contest attracted 79,186. That was the third largest opening day attendance figure in school history. The final home game against Duke drew 77,573.

Clemson's Single Season Average Attendance Bests

1.   1988   81,750
2.   1990   79,196
3.   1989   78,927
4.   1986   78,700
5.   1999   78,302
6.   1984   77,945

Clemson's Largest Attendance Increases

Rk   Year   Increase   Rec   Note
1.   1983   +11,111    9-1-1 First year of North Upper Deck
2.   1974   +10,487    7-4   6-0 home, played Georgia, Tech and USC at home
3.   1999   +9,989     6-5   First year of Bowden era, FSU record crowd
4.   1966   +8,309     6-4   ACC Champs, Buddy Gore fever
5.   1952   +7,167     2-6-1 Only two games at home
6.   1978   +6,597     11-1  ACC Champs, 6th ranked in nation
7.   1988   +6,434     10-2  ACC Champs, FSU and USC on home schedule

Clemson Game by Game Attendance Figures, 1999
Marshall             79,186
Virginia	     66,922
North Carolina       81,737
Florida State        86,092
Duke                 77,573
Total                391,510

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