In a nine-win season — the most since 2005 for the Bruins — UCLA managed to garner interest among its fans for the first time in awhile.
As a result, attendance was up in 2012 at the Rose Bowl. So dramatically, in fact, that the Bruins’ 21 percent jump in attendance figures from 2011 is second among all FBS schools only to TCU, which had just finished renovations for an expanded stadium.
However, things aren’t so rosy for the rest of the nation. Here’s a tidbit from AL.com:
Regular-season attendance at college football’s highest level dipped to 45,274 fans per game in 2012, the lowest average since 2003.
Football Bowl Subdivision crowds declined for the second straight season, according to an analysis by al.com of NCAA attendance figures for 2012 and past years. Five of the six Bowl Championship Series conferences experienced lower averages in 2012.
One BCS conference had a raise in attendance and that conference was the Pac-12, which also saw USC have the third-biggest spike in attendance among FBS schools while Cal got put in its renovated Memorial Stadium.
That’s what winning normally does and UCLA plays an exciting brand of football to go along with it.
The buzz surrounding the Bruins will be a hell of a lot to handle from here on out, but it’ll be damn fun, we’re pretty sure.