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Tale of Two Teams: FSU has lowest attendance in more than 30 years, FAMU reaches record attendance

Posted at 6:45 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 18:45:07-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Both Tallahassee football teams brought home a win this weekend, but they experienced very different results when it came to ticket sales.

Florida State University only had about 46,000 people in the stands Saturday, which may sound like a big number, but the school told us that's the lowest it's been since at least the early 90's.

The athletic department said it could be due to the team's 2-2 record right now. And when Florida State took on Louisville it was not an easy win for them.

Athletic Director Rob Wilson stated he recognizes some fans aren't happy with Coach Willie Taggart at the moment, but hopes that isn't stopping them from being true fans.

He hopes the fact that the Noles won this game, does encourage fans to come back out to Doak for the next home game.

"You'd hope not. You'd hope that they're Florida State fans first and foremost and it doesn't matter who the quarterback is, who the head coach is, even what the record is," said Wilson. "That they're going to go there and cheer for their school but the reality is today people aren't coming to games even if they want to come. They choose to stay home."

Over at Bragg Memorial Stadium the Rattlers came out in droves. Florida A&M went head to head with a former rival, the Southern Jaguars.

They got a record attendance for a non-homecoming game with 27,000 people.

"It was nice to renew that rivalry. We'll make that trip to Baton Rouge next year," said Brian Howard, FAMU Director of Sports Information. "I'm sure they're going to sell out in Baton Rouge but it was nice for fans not just see a great game, but to see a win in a historic night for us."

The last time the two historically-black colleges met on the field was in 2012.

Howard says an estimated 7,000 people traveled from Louisiana for the game.

This Saturday, the Rattlers are on the road taking on Norfolk State.

FSU plays NC State at home in Doak Campbell Stadium.

At a press conference Monday morning, Coach Taggart urged fans to come and bring their friends.