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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 7:53 pm 
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One of the biggest bottlenecks of upgrading to FBS is getting your stadium upgraded to sufficient capacity.

FBS minimum attendance is 17,000 per home game. They don't really enforce it that much yet, but one day they may have to make an example or two.

Anyway, if 17K is the minimum, they are really going to demand you have at least a 17K stadium. So...Which FCS schools would have stadiums with over 17K capacities?

Here is the list.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 7:54 pm 
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Georgia State University (CAA); Atlanta, Georgia
enrollment = 27267; Georgia Dome = 71228; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = n/a
likely 2011-2108 home: CUSA East
Possible home: CAA, New FBS Eastern Conference

Tennessee State University (ohio valley); Nashville, Tennessee
enrollment = 11748; LP Field = 68000; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 13975
likely 2011-2108 home: Ohio Valley, CUSA East, Sunbelt
Possible home: New FBS Eastern conference, FBS HBCU conference

Jackson State University (SWAC); Jackson, Mississippi
enrollment = 8351; Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium = 62000; Public-HBCU
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 17245
likely 2011-2108 home: SWAC
Possible home: CUSA East, Sunbelt; FBS HBCU conference

Norfolk State (meac); Norfolk, VA
enrollment = 8500; thingy Price Stadium = 30000; Public-HBCU
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 13621
likely 2011-2108 home: MEAC
Possible home: CUSA East, Sunbelt, FBS HBCU conference

Southern University (SWAC); Baton Rouge, Louisiana
enrollment = 9438; Ace W. Mumford Stadium = 28400; Public-HBCU
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 18739
likely 2011-2108 home: SWAC
Possible home: CUSA East, Sunbelt, New FBS Eastern conference, FBS HBCU conference

Florida A&M (meac); Tallahassee, FL
enrollment = 12792; Bragg Memorial Stadium = 25500; Public-HBCU
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 16607
likely 2011-2108 home: SWAC or MEAC
Possible home: Sunbelt, New FBS Eastern conference, FBS HBCU conference

University of Montana (big sky); Missoula, Montana
enrollment = 13352; Washington-Grizzly Stadium = 25000; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 22794
likely 2011-2108 home: big sky
Possible home: WAC

James Madison University (CAA); Harrisonburg, Virginia
enrollment = 16241; Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field = 25000; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 13275
likely 2011-2108 home: CUSA East, New FBS Eastern conference, Sunbelt,
Possible home: CAA

College of the Holy Cross (patriot non-scholarship); Worcester, Massachusetts
enrollment = 2700; Fitton Field = 23500; Private/Catholic
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 6755
likely 2011-2108 home: patriot
Possible home: New FBS Eastern conference

Alcorn State University (SWAC); Lorman, Mississippi
enrollment = 2705; Jack Spinks Stadium = 22500; Public-HBCU
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 9536
likely 2011-2108 home: SWAC
Possible home: Sunbelt, New FBS Eastern conference, FBS HBCU conference

University of Delaware (CAA); Newark, Delaware
enrollment = 19067; Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium = 22000; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 20845
likely 2011-2108 home: CUSA East, New FBS Eastern conference,
Possible home: CAA


North Carolina A&T StateĀ  (meac); Greensboro, NC
enrollment = 11103; Aggie Stadium = 22000; Public-HBCU
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 13995
likely 2011-2108 home: MEAC
Possible home: CUSA East, Sunbelt, New FBS Eastern conference, FBS HBCU conference

South Carolina State (meac); Orangeburg, SC
enrollment = 4525; Oliver C. Dawson StadiumĀ  = 22000; Public-HBCU
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 13638
likely 2011-2108 home: MEAC
Possible home: CUSA East, Sunbelt, New FBS Eastern conference, FBS HBCU conference

Eastern Kentucky University (ohio valley); Richmond, Kentucky
enrollment = 16183; Roy Kidd Stadium = 22000; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 9445
likely 2011-2108 home: Ohio Valley
Possible home: CUSA East, Sunbelt, New FBS Eastern conference, MAC

The Citadel (socon); Charleston, South Carolina
enrollment = 3138; Johnson Hagood Stadium = 22000; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 14176
likely 2011-2108 home: SoCon,
Possible home: CUSA East, New FBS Eastern conference,CAA, Sunbelt,

Alabama State University (SWAC); Montgomery, Alabama
enrollment = 7134; Cramton Bowl = 21800; Public-HBCU
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 12216
likely 2011-2108 home: SWAC
Possible home: Sunbelt

California State University, Sacramento (big sky); Sacramento, California
enrollment = 27972; Hornet Stadium = 21195; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 6576
likely 2011-2108 home: WAC
Possible home: Big Sky

Appalachian State University (socon); Boone, North Carolina
enrollment = 15117; Kidd Brewer Stadium = 21050; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 20053
likely 2011-2108 home: CUSA East, New FBS Eastern conference,
Possible home: Socon, Sunbelt,

Alabama A&M University (SWAC); Normal, Alabama
enrollment = 6323; Louis Crews Stadium = 21000; Public-HBCU
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 8649
likely 2011-2108 home: SWAC
Possible home: Sunbelt, FBS HBCU conference

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (socon); Chattanooga, Tennessee
enrollment = 8923; Finley Stadium = 20668; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 6674
likely 2011-2108 home: Socon
Possible home: Sunbelt, New FBS Eastern conference

Youngstown State University (mvc); Youngstown, Ohio
enrollment = 13183; Stambaugh Stadium = 20630; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 15486
likely 2011-2108 home: MAC, New FBS Eastern conference,
Possible home: Sunbelt, MVC

Portland State University (big sky); Portland, Oregon
enrollment = 24284; PGE Park = 20000; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 7507
likely 2011-2108 home: Big West (non-football)
Possible home: WAC, big sky

Weber State University (big sky); Ogden, Utah
enrollment = 18059; Stewart Stadium = 20000; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 6878
likely 2011-2108 home: big sky
Possible home: WAC

Old Dominion University (CAA); Norfolk, Virginia
enrollment = 21625; Foreman Field = 20000; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = n/a
likely 2011-2108 home: CUSA East, New FBS Eastern conference,
Possible home: CAA, Sunbelt,

Grambling State University (SWAC); Grambling, Louisiana
enrollment = 4999; Eddie Robinson Stadium = 19800; Public-HBCU
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 12417
likely 2011-2108 home: SWAC
Possible home: FBS HBCU conference

North Dakota State University (mvc); Fargo, North Dakota
enrollment = 12527; Fargodome = 19500; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = n/a
likely 2011-2108 home: Great West
Possible home: MVC, big sky

Georgia Southern University (socon); Statesboro, Georgia
enrollment = 16841; Paulson Stadium = 18000; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 16601
likely 2011-2108 home: Sunbelt,
Possible home: CUSA East, New FBS Eastern conference, SoCon

McNeese State University (Southland); Lake Charles, Louisiana
enrollment = 8784; Cowboy Stadium = 17410; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 12483
likely 2011-2108 home: Southland FBS
Possible home: Southland FCS, Sunbelt,

University of Massachusetts (CAA); Amherst, Massachusetts
enrollment = 25873; Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium = 17000; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 10140
likely 2011-2108 home: New FBS Eastern conference, CAA
Possible home: CUSA East

Hampton (meac); Hampton, VA
enrollment = 5117; Armstrong Stadium = 17000; Private/Non-sectarian-HBCU
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 8241
likely 2011-2108 home: MEAC
Possible home: CUSA East, Sunbelt, New FBS Eastern conference, FBS HBCU conference

Winston-Salem State (meac); Winston-Salem, NC
enrollment = 6000; Bowman Gray Stadium = 17000; Public-HBCU
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = n/a
likely 2011-2108 home: MEAC
Possible home: CUSA East, Sunbelt, New FBS Eastern conference, FBS HBCU conference

Southern Illinois University (mvc); Carbondale, Illinois
enrollment = 23600; McAndrew Stadium = 17000; Public
2004-2007 Average per game attendance = 9713
likely 2011-2108 home: MVC
Possible home: MAC, Southland FBS


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:06 pm 
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I think once you consider that your attendance goes up playing at a higher level and most of these schools are doing quite well at the FCS level, that any of the schools on this list could successfully make the jump.

I personally would try to have at least a 3-4K stadium capacity "cushion" over the NCAA's minimum attendance average number to make up for the occasional fan-unfriendly matchup, but barring that playing one "remote" home game against a big draw every two years at a larger venue can get a school over the hump.

(ie. Idaho playing Wash State as the home team at Washington State. maybe GA Southern hosting UCF in Jacksonville. That kind of thing.)

UTSA will play at the Alamodome, so they should be good too. Texas State, Sam Houston, Jacksonville State, and Lamar have some upgrading to do.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:10 pm 
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I think the NCAA specifically banned counting the "Idaho hosts Wazzu in Pullman" shtick as an Idaho home game. HOWEVER, Idaho has done that in S**ttle at Qwest Field against Wazzu.


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