BUFFALO, NY – For the first time since joining the Mid-American Conference in 1999, the University at Buffalo led the league in football attendance in 2013. The Bulls had an average paid attendance of 22,736 fans per game this past season, over 2,000 more than any other school in the MAC.
It was a banner year for the Bulls on the field and in the stands. UB went 8-5 in 2013 and played in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – just the second bowl game appearance in school history.
UB posted a total paid attendance of 136,428, shattering the previous school record of 108,118 set in 2011. The Bulls had five games with a paid attendance of over 20,000. To put that in perspective, UB only had four games of 20,000 or more fans over the past five seasons, combined.
For the first time in school history, the Bulls hosted a home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium – the home of the Buffalo Bills. UB played Bowling Green in what was coined the "Black Friday Clash at the Ralph" on Nov. 29. UB drew 26,226 fans – the third largest crowd to ever watch a home football game.
One of UB Athletic Director Danny White's goals when taking the job in 2012 was to create a vibrant tailgate atmosphere at UB Stadium. His vision resulted in Stampede Square, a family-friendly entertainment area that included food, games and activities for all ages.
Stampede Square was also the home of the Tailgate Concert Series, which was a very popular addition to the game day festivities. Each week, award-winning national music acts took the stage to perform. Bands such as Kool and the Gang, Blues Traveler and Randy Houser rocked Stamped Square in the hours leading up to kick off.
"We couldn't be more pleased with how well our fans came out to support our football team this year," White said. "We knew that if we built a spirited tailgate atmosphere, it would encourage our fans to come back week after week. The community response was outstanding and we hope it is the start of something big."
2013 MAC Football Attendance Averages