September 17th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

MU’s football attendance is showing signs of revival, following years of steady decline. The Tigers’ average home attendance in 2014 was 65,285. This number was down to 51,465 in 2018, a drop of over 21 percent. Since Barry Odom took over as head coach, the team hasn’t touched 60,000 fans once. Between 2007-2015, the team drew north of 60,000 fans 45 of their 57 home games. This bleak outlook is starting to brighten. More than 56,000 fans attended the game against Southeast Missouri State on the 14th. This is following an official attendance of just over 51,000 for the home opener against West Virginia. To put this in perspective, only 44,000 attended the home opener against Tennessee-Martin last year. This marks a rise of five percent in attendance over the first two games. In 2018, student ticket sales fell by 32 percent. In response, the athletic department slashed their Student All-Sport Pass from $265 to $150, if students purchased them before August 1st. They also established strong relationships with student organizations, such as residential life, Greek life, and the Mizzou Alumni Association. The results have been a significant jump. Student ticket sales are approaching a 50 percent increase from last year, and are still climbing. – John Pottebaum, KOMU 8, Read More

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