Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide fan Harrison Tyre holds up a sign during the first half of the 2013 BCS Championship game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sun Life Stadium. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Crimson Tide Fans Third-Most Engaged in College Football

Alabama Crimson Tide fans already know what a rabid fanbase exists in Tuscaloosa. But one ticket broker ranks them among the top fans in the country.

Ticket City has ranked college football’s most engaged fans, and Bama Nation ranked third overall in their listing, behind only Michigan Wolverine and LSU Tiger fans.

To get this fan engagement metric, the site looked at such criteria average attendance of all regular-season games in 2012; average ticket price and the percentage of the stadium filled for home games, as well as the Facebook and Twitter following of the teams.

From the article:

Each metric was given a corresponding weight, which was determined based on how indicative the metric is of fan activity. For example, home attendance and ticket price are both weighted higher because they are a better direct reflection of home team behavior. Similarly, online metrics are not weighted as high as offline metrics because they reflect only the university-sanctioned social channel and do not account for other fan communities

Melissa Russell of Ticket City’s marketing team notes that Alabama fans are strong at home and on the road:

“Alabama led the SEC last year for highest average attendance for both home and away, and Alabama’s higher ticket price indicates strong demand from a large population fans who want to be in the stadium when the Tide take the field.”

Here’s the entire ranking:

Top 25 Most Engaged College Football Fanbases

Rank Conference Institution Score
1 Big 10 University of Michigan 100
2 SEC Louisiana State University 95.43
3 SEC University of Alabama 95.18
4 Big 10 Ohio State University 92.94
5 SEC Texas A&M University 88.91
6 Big 10 University of Nebraska – Lincoln 87.88
7 Big 12 University of Oklahoma 82.77
8 Big 12 University of Texas – Austin 82.11
9 SEC University of Georgia 81.83
10 SEC University of Florida 79.86
11 Big 10 Penn State University 75.68
12 SEC University of South Carolina 72.13
13 Big 10 University of Iowa 72.08
14 Pac 12 University of Southern California 71.97
15 Pac 12 University of Oregon 70.53
16 Big 10 Michigan State University 70.52
17 SEC University of Tennessee 68.57
18 Big 10 University of Wisconsin – Madison 68.29
19 SEC Auburn University 66.4
20 ACC Clemson University 65.85
21 Big 12 West Virginia University 65.53
22 ACC Florida State University 63.92
23 SEC University of Missouri 63.82
24 SEC University of Arkansas 60.88
25 ACC Virginia Tech University 59.51

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