BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- For the sixth-straight season - and the 11th time in the last 12 years - the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) attracted more fans to its football games than any other conference in NCAA Division III.
In 2016, for DIII, average home attendance was 1,954, up 2.2% over last year, and total attendance topped 2.4 million. In the MIAC a total of 156,449 fans attended the 49 football games hosted by the MIAC's nine football teams, an average of 3,193 fans per game. MIAC schools also fared well in the national attendance standings, as Saint John's led the nation in attendance per game (7,787) for the 15th time in the last 16 years. Overall the Johnnies (46,719) finished first, Concordia (24,755) finished sixth, and Bethel (21,004) finished eleventh in total attendance.
2016 NCAA Division III Conference Attendance
|7.||New England Small Col.||10||40||98,755||2,469|
2016 NCAA Division III Football Attendance Leaders
|9.||Emory & Henry (Va.)||5||22,733||4,547|
"Thank you to all the MIAC football fans for your continued support of our teams and student-athletes," said MIAC Executive Director Dan McKane. "Our schools, coaches and student-athletes work extremely hard to put an outstanding product on the field, and we're glad that so many fans keep coming back year after year to enjoy MIAC football. We're very fortunate to have our passionate and dedicate community of fans, and we appreciate their continued support."
The MIAC will welcome Division III's top-rated crowds back for another outstanding season on the football field in September. The MIAC season officially kicks off with nonconference action on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Conference play begins on Saturday, Sept. 16, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 11, with 11 total weeks and nine conference weeks on the schedule. The full 2017 MIAC football schedule is now available online.