Higher ticket prices, and the increased cost of the college experience are just two of the things keeping students out of the stadiums. The other seems to be an increased push on academics in the hopes that the sad job market can be counterbalanced by high academic scores over age and experience.
Student attendance at college football games is down 7.1 percent since 2009, according to a study by The Wall Street Journal published Aug. 27 — though you might not know it by television screen pans of fans with painted faces screaming at the top of their lungs from the student sections. TV has a wonderful way of keeping the camera shots tight on throngs of students and away from empty seats, lest the general public get the idea some people really don’t care about the game.
But it is not that the students care less about the teams than they did before. They have spirit. However, they are concerned about doing well academically, hunting for still scarce jobs and the spiraling cost of being an active sports fan. There are lots of tugs on their time and wallets.