Nebraska and Iowa ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, among Big Ten schools in football ticket revenue last season, the highest of those in the league that don’t have 100,000-seat stadiums.
According to figures released to the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette, Nebraska took in just under $28.2 million in ticket revenue for seven home games at Memorial Stadium. Iowa was at just over $21 million at Kinnick Stadium.
Nebraska is set to make a significant jump in ticket revenue in 2013 with the East Stadium expansion project that will bump home crowds beyond 90,000.
Leading the Big Ten were Michigan at $46.4 million, Ohio State at $41 million and Penn State at $33.4 million. Michigan also boasted the highest overall revenue from football at $85.2 million (NU was at $55.1 million).
By comparison with the top, Indiana generated under $4.4 million in ticket revenue in 2012. Using 2012 figures, Big Ten newcomers Maryland and Rutgers ranked just ahead of the Hoosiers.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette obtained the figures through Freedom of Information Act requests. Because Northwestern was not required to comply as a private school, its information was not included.