Penn State Nittany Lions ranked among the top four in Division I-A football attendance for the 14th consecutive year, according to figures recently released by the NCAA.
Penn State Nittany Lions placed fourth in the 2004 survey with an average of 103,111 spectators for six games. Michigan (111,025 avg.), Tennessee (106,644) and Ohio State (104,876) were the only schools to top Penn State Nittany Lions among the 612 NCAA members surveyed. Georgia (92,746) was fifth, followed by LSU, Florida, Southern California, Oklahoma and Texas.
Penn State Nittany Lions' loyal and enthusiastic fans totaled 618,665 for six home games last season, led by crowds of 108,183 against Purdue and 108,062 for the Iowa game. The two energetic throngs ranked as the ninth and 10th largest crowds in Beaver Stadium history. The facility is the nation's second largest with a capacity of 107,282 and was expanded for the seventh time under Coach Joe Paterno prior to the 2001 season.
Penn State Nittany Lions' five games away from Happy Valley drew 306,104 fans, swelling thePenn State Nittany Lions' total 2004 attendance to 924,769. Penn State Nittany Lions has played in front of more than one million spectators in five of the past seven seasons.
Penn State Nittany Lions finished second in NCAA attendance in 1994, 2001, '02 and '03, third in 1991, '92, '93, '95, '96, '97, '98 and '99 and fourth in 2000 and '04.
The Big Ten again claimed three of the top four spots in the survey and was second among all conferences with 4,591,722 fans, posting an average of 69,572 for 66 home dates.