Published Tuesday, February 11, 2014 AT 2:07 PM / Updated at 6:03 PM
With largest crowds in school history, Memorial Stadium ranks No. 3 in total attendance
Big Red Today Omaha World-Herald

Memorial Stadium was once again sold out for every 2013 home game, helping push Nebraska into the top 10 nationally in average attendance.

According to attendance figures released by the NCAA for the 2013 season, Nebraska was ninth in average attendance with 90,933 fans per game. The attendance for the eight home games was also the largest ever at Memorial Stadium following the completion of the East Stadium expansion project prior to the 2013 season.

In total home attendance, Nebraska was third nationally with 727,466 fans in eight games, trailing only Michigan and Ohio State. For all games (home and away), Nebraska ranked fifth with 1,096,097 fans during NU’s 13 games.

The No. 9 ranking in average attendance was the highest for Nebraska since 1999, when full attendance figures first became available. Nebraska has ranked in the top 20 nationally in each of the past 15 years. The Huskers last ranked in the top 10 in 2009, when Nebraska was 10th.

The Big Ten placed four schools rank in the top 10 in average attendance, landing seven teams in the top 25. Michigan was the national leader (111,592 fans per game), followed by Ohio State (2nd), Penn State (5th) and Nebraska (10th). Wisconsin (17th), Michigan State (20th) and Iowa (23rd) rounded out Big Ten contingent in top 25.

The 12-team Big Ten trailed only the 14-team Southeastern Conference in the major attendance figures. In 100 games, the SEC averaged 7,567,406 total fans and 75,674 in average attendance. The Big Ten, in 87 games, totaled 6,127,526 fans for an average of 70,431.

Nebraska will enter the 2014 season with an NCAA-record 333 consecutive sellouts at Memorial Stadium, dating back to the 1962 season.

The top 25, with Big Ten schools in italics:

Rank, School, Games, Attendance, Average
1. Michigan, 7, 781,144, 111,592
2. Ohio St. 7, 734,528, 104,933
3. Alabama, 7, 710,538, 101,505
4. Texas, 6, 593,857, 98,976
5. Penn St. 7, 676,112, 96,587
6. Tennessee, 7, 669,087, 95,584
7. Georgia, 6, 556,476, 92,746
8. LSU, 7, 639,927, 91,418
9. Nebraska, 8, 727,466, 90,933
10. Florida, 6, 524,638, 87,440
11. Texas A&M, 8, 697,003, 87,125
12. Auburn, 8, 685,252, 85,657
13. Oklahoma, 6, 508,334, 84,722
14. South Carolina, 7, 576,805, 82,401
15. Clemson, 7, 574,333, 82,048
16. Notre Dame, 6, 484,770, 80,795
17. Wisconsin, 7, 552,378, 78,911
18. Florida St. 7, 527,947, 75,421
19. Southern California, 7, 511,885, 73,126
20. Michigan St. 7, 506,294, 72,328
21. UCLA, 6, 421,711, 70,285
22. Washington, 7, 481,384, 68,769
23. Iowa, 7, 469,872, 67,125
24. Virginia Tech, 6, 383,9, 93, 63,999
25. Missouri, 7, 444,532, 63,505

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