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Michigan breaks all-time attendance record for second straight year

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02:02 PM ET 02.11 | Michigan set the single-season average attendance record in 2012, breaking a record the school set the year before.

112,252 fans per game went to home games at Michigan Stadium, topping their figure from 2011 by 73 fans per game. It's the 15th consecutive time the Wolverines have had the highest average attendance in the nation.

Alabama had the most overall fans between road, home, and neutral site games, with 1,299,659 fans going to their 14 games. The SEC had the highest overall attendance and average attendance, with 75,538 fans per SEC game.

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, Leon Halip Leon Halip
February 11, 2013  02:20 PM ET

The surprising thing is that there are already whispers of adding seats to Michigan Stadium. Apparently, there's room between the scoreboards and the new press boxes/skyboxes on both ends of the stadium.

For the last ND game, they nearly had 115,000 in attendance (capacity is listed at 109,901).

If expanded, it is possible that actual attendance for a game could break 120,000.

February 11, 2013  02:42 PM ET

Losing RichieRod and grabbing Hoke has been a big positive move. Better football, better recruiting and THE GAME is once again relevant. I've been in the Big House and last year my son marched there (Northwestern band member) and I hope they expand every year... more UM fans deserve a chance to see the team play live.

February 11, 2013  03:22 PM ET

What? No shizzle about the SEC tag on this Big House story?

February 11, 2013  03:30 PM ET
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What? No shizzle about the SEC tag on this Big House story?

Everyone knows it's impermissible these days, not to mention in bad taste, to speak of college football superlatives without some mention of the SEC.

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February 11, 2013  04:18 PM ET
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Meh. The boost in recruiting for Hoke is kinda funny if you look into why...Michigan's two largest regional recruiting rivals, Notre Dame and Ohio State, have moved on from the Midwest. Both Kelly and Meyer have put an emphasis on recruiting the South. Like I've posted in other threads... 13 of Notre Dame's 24 recruits came from the South/Cali, 12 of tOSU's 24 recruits came from the South/Cali. Compare that to only 2 of Michigan's 27....

Proof will be in the pudding.

2 games to go with ND.

Unfortuneately . . . ND only has 2 more games with UM until they bolt for the ACC schedule.

February 11, 2013  04:19 PM ET
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If you investigate further....UofM took:10 recruits from Ohio8 recruits from Michigan18 from just those two states. tOSU took 9 kids from Ohio. Notre Dame took one from Ohio(Elite 11 QB Malik Zaire) and one from Michigan(Top ranked player in the State, *Shane Morris was #2, Steve Elmer, #5OT, ranked higher than any UM OL signed...)

ditto

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February 11, 2013  04:35 PM ET
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If there IS an ACC by 2014...

Good point.

Maybe you'll be joining the B1G yet . . . . ;-)

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February 11, 2013  05:06 PM ET

Vandy drags down the SEC attendance avg.

February 11, 2013  05:57 PM ET
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Proof will be in the pudding. 2 games to go with ND.Unfortuneately . . . ND only has 2 more games with UM until they bolt for the ACC schedule.

Yeah, they are so worried about Michigan that they added Oklahoma and Texas...both off whom were excellent teams when those schedules were put together. All that and the fact that ND won every single regular season game last year, including Meeechigan...but yup, your right. They're worried. Haha!

February 11, 2013  11:34 PM ET

112,252 fans per game average is impressive I don't care who you are.

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February 12, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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Yeah, they are so worried about Michigan that they added Oklahoma and Texas...both off whom were excellent teams

Big names / not "excellent teams".

February 12, 2013  12:11 PM ET
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I don't think we're the kind of Target Jim Delany wants...rumor has it he wants to add Virginia and Georgia Tech. Building the football brand does not seem to be a high priority....I always figured we'd end up in the Big12 personally. Especially if Miami and FSU head there.

I've been saying that you Domers need to be in a conference for football. Delaney is looking to open up bigger markets for the B1G network. South Bend doesn't fit that requirement. But, I believe if ND contacted Delaney and wanted in... ND would be in. As the ACC shrinks, it will open up some southern markets not dominated by the SEC.... Atlanta comes to mind. The Big 12 is a good conference and the thing that motivated Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado and A&M to leave is the same thing that will draw ND to it. They allow separate TV deals. In the B1G it's all for one and one for all, something the Domers think they are above.

February 12, 2013  12:22 PM ET
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The Big 12 is a good conference and the thing that motivated Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado and A&M to leave is the same thing that will draw ND to it. They allow separate TV deals. In the B1G it's all for one and one for all, something the Domers think they are above.

Great point.

ND didn't learn "sharing" in grade school . . . ;-)

JK, Piratey . . . River makes a good point in regard to the TV deal though since Texas has its own deal already, that might work.

February 12, 2013  12:47 PM ET
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Big names / not "excellent teams".

They might not have been this past year, but they were when we added them to the schedule a few years back.

 
February 12, 2013  02:45 PM ET
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They might not have been this past year, but they were when we added them to the schedule a few years back.

Like I said . . . proof will be in the pudding.

If Kelly sticks around long enough, ND s/b good for a long time. However, Kelly strikes me as a man with a huge ego that might not sit still if the NFL comes beckoning hard after him. Personally I think it would be a mistake for him to go to the NFL but we will see on that whole deal.

The next (last?) 2 games with Michigan should be very competitive. Michigan will be tough at home in 2013 and will be fully implemented with Hoke's recruits in 2014.

As I said, the proof will be in the pudding, may the best team win.

Maybe we'll meet in the NC game or "Final Four" in 2015-2016? Wouldn't that be fun?

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