BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – For the seventh consecutive season – and the 12th time in the last 13 years – the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) attracted more fans to its football games than any other conference in NCAA Division III.
A total of 148,326 fans attended the 48 football games hosted by the MIAC's nine football teams, an average of 3,090 fans per game – more than 1,200 higher than the DIII national average.
Perhaps most impressively, three of the five highest-attended football programs in Division III last season hail from the MIAC. St. Thomas led the nation with 52,349 fans at Tommie home games this past fall, including a Division III-record 37,355 fans through the turnstiles for a historic matchup with Saint John's at Target Field in September. The Johnnies ranked second in overall attendance, and first in on-campus crowds, with 36,553 packing into Clemens Stadium for SJU's six home contests. Concordia logged 22,144 fans in five games in Moorhead last season, good for the fifth-highest total in the nation.
The Division III home attendance average for 2017 was 1,873, while total attendance at DIII football contests around the country topped 2.3 million.
|2017 NCAA DIVISION III CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE LEADERS|
|4.||New England Small College||10||45||111,700||2,482|
|2017 NCAA DIVISION III FOOTBALL ATTENDANCE LEADERS|
|3.||Emory & Henry||5||23,930||4,786|
The MIAC will welcome Division III's biggest crowds back for another outstanding season on the football field in August. The MIAC season officially kicks off with nonconference action on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Conference play begins on Saturday, September 15 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 10, with 11 total weeks and nine conference weeks on the schedule.