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Football Attendance No. 2 in School History
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/02/2006
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TUCSON--The capacity crowd at last Saturday's Arizona State-Arizona battle for the Territorial Cup helped the UA establish a home attendance figure that ranks No. 2 all-time for Arizona Stadium.

 

The ASU crowd of 57,895, the program's third sellout of the year, pushed UA’s season average to 55,798, second-best to the 1994 figure of 56,562. Total attendance in 2006 was 390,589 for seven games ?- the highest total attendance in history and easily the best for a seven-game home season, eclipsing the 50,111 for Mike Stoops’ first year as head coach in 2004.

 

Unfortunately for Arizona, it dropped the contest, 28-14, to rival ASU, which subsequently earned a berth in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl at 7-5 overall.

 

Arizona Stadium, built in 1929, has undergone numerous improvements and expansion projects and has been near its current capacity of 57,000 since the Stadium Club and middle and upper additions were built on the east side in 1976. Announced crowds have included the hundreds of media, concessionaires and game management personnel in attendance.

 

Entering this year, the average crowd of 54,074 for the 1990 team’s games was the second-best in UA history.

 

Two crowds this year reached top 10 status ?- the 58,801 for the Southern California game on Sept. 23 was the fourth-largest and the 58,450 attendance for the season opener against Brigham Young on Sept. 2 became No. 10 on UA’s single-game chart.  

 

Tucson’s population base of about a million people in the metropolitan area gives us a chance to have this kind of attendance every game, every year,” UA athletics director Jim Livengood said.  “College football is such an exciting experience and as our program improves, the fan base should get stronger,” he said.

 

Arizona finished 6-6 this year during the regular season, with a 3-4 home record. The Cats met some preseason expectations ?- the Pac-10 media poll -- with their tie for fourth place in the league standings. UA was picked to finish sixth.

 

2006 Game-by-Game Attendance

 

Date

Opponent

Location

Score

Attendance

Sept. 2

Brigham Young

Tucson

16-13

58,450

Sept. 9

No. 8 Louisiana State

Baton Rouge

3-45

92,221

Sept. 16

Stephen F. Austin

Tucson

28-10

47,402

Sept. 23

No. 3 Southern California

Tucson

3-20

58,801

Sept. 30

Washington

Tucson

10-21

55,409

Oct. 7

UCLA

Pasadena

7-27

65,644

Oct. 14

Stanford

Palo Alto

20-7

39,317

Oct. 21

Oregon State

Tucson

10-17

57,113

Nov. 4

No. 25 Washington State

Pullman

27-17

35,117

Nov. 11

No. 8 California

Tucson

24-20

55,519

Nov. 18

Oregon

Eugene

37-10

58,029

Nov. 25

Arizona State

Tucson

14-28

57,895

 

 

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