According to reports, college football ticket sales decreased by the largest amount in 30 years in 2017. The story goes on to say that across the NCAA, sales have dropped 3.2%. But interestingly enough, Boston College is on the other side of the equation, as their ticket sales actually increased over 2016.
So proud of both of these programs @BCFootball and @FAU_Football Top largest attendance spikes in 2017! Can't wait to see what's in store for next season! Lock in your Season Tickets now #DecideToFly #birdfam pic.twitter.com/7KoOQHJd15— Aubrey Brooks (@Aubreezy23) February 13, 2018
As you can see by the above graphic, BC is 11th in the country in increase, a 3,767 increase (11.1%). Now some of that may be due to the fact that BC was playing pretty well this year (every team with an increase other than Akron was on an upswing last year), some could be attributed to some new amenities (beer!), but overall the home schedule was much more marketable this past season.
In 2016 you had home games against Wagner, UConn, and Buffalo with some lukewarm home games against Syracuse, and Louisville who ran a buzzsaw through the school. This season the home schedule included Notre Dame, Florida State, and NC State. With AJ Dillon playing well, and the offense hopefully clicking, you have to imagine attendance will continue to increase in 2018.
Obviously ticket sales are still below where you would hope BC would be, but given the malaise around the program, it is good to see that it is heading in the right direction.