We all know faculty soccer’s greatest packages herald followers from everywhere in the nation, however all colleges prefer to argue about which one has the most effective fan base, or the most important fan base, or probably the most loyal fan base. Right here, utilizing information from Vivid Seats — a Chicago-based ticket market — is a sampling of the place faculty stadiums get their followers. The map beneath reveals three,000 counties and county equivalents with tickets bought between 2012 and 2018 on Vivid Seats, and the highest three faculty soccer packages by share of tickets offered to these packages’ residence video games in every space. Choose a workforce to search out how widespread its fan base is.
Amongst Vivid Seats’ patrons, the nationwide fan base that Notre Dame loves to advertise holds up. The Combating Irish are the most well-liked ticket in 171 of those counties, by far probably the most in faculty soccer, main Georgia’s 142. After Notre Dame, the following 4 groups are all giant state colleges that, for probably the most half (apologies to Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt), have a stronghold on the state’s soccer followers: Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri and Nebraska.
Notre Dame additionally leads the nation with a minimum of some ticket patrons in 1,614 completely different counties, from Penobscot County in Maine to the Kenai Peninsula Borough in Alaska. The faculty soccer bluebloods all have a large presence right here: Notre Dame is adopted by Alabama, Tennessee, Michigan and Ohio State.
Just a few main areas with no faculty soccer energy are break up between fan bases. Notre Dame sells probably the most tickets on Vivid Seats in New York County (16 p.c), adopted by Michigan (7.9 p.c) and Penn State (5.5). Northwestern, which advertises itself as “Chicago’s Massive Ten Crew” however usually welcomes hordes of opposing followers into Ryan Subject, is the highest vendor in Illinois’s Cook dinner County, adopted by Notre Dame and Michigan. USC outdraws UCLA in Los Angeles County, 30.Four p.c to 19.6 p.c.
The dominant native fan bases are additionally clear: West Virginia leads in each county in its state, and Wisconsin is the highest vendor in each Wisconsin county wherein anybody purchased a Vivid Seats ticket.
A turf warfare in Alabama
Distinction in share of ticket gross sales by county for Auburn Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
The Iron Bowl, one of many strongest rivalries in faculty soccer, certainly splits the state of Alabama virtually proper down the center. The Crimson Tide tends to dominate within the west, whereas the Tigers take the east. In Tuscaloosa County, 55.2 p.c of Vivid Seats gross sales are for Alabama residence video games, and in Auburn’s Lee County, 62.2 p.c of gross sales are for Auburn. A aspect notice: As of publication, the most cost effective Iron Bowl ticket on Vivid Seats goes for $197.
Auburn, which is about 35 miles from the Georgia border, additionally has a large fan base in western Georgia. However Alabama is extra distinguished all through the South, main in locations resembling Warren County, Georgia, and Greene County, Mississippi. In Alabama’s most populous county, Jefferson, the Crimson Tide holds a slight edge, capturing 34.6 p.c of gross sales in comparison with 29.1 p.c for Auburn.
Wolverines edge Spartans for management
Distinction in share of ticket gross sales by county for Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has mentioned, “If you develop up on this state, you’re often blue otherwise you’re inexperienced from the onset.” There’s loads of each on this map, however Michigan holds a slight benefit in probably the most populous areas, with Michigan State — positioned about 65 miles northwest of Ann Arbor — extra in management within the northern half. In all, the Wolverines are the highest vendor in 39 Michigan counties, and the Spartans are the chief in 38.
Michigan sells 59.three p.c of the tickets in its residence of Washtenaw County. East Lansing is break up between two counties, however the Spartans personal each of them. Michigan has a stronger base all through the Midwest, trailing solely Northwestern and Notre Dame in Chicago’s Cook dinner County and Ohio State and Notre Dame in Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County.
Texas A&M outdraws Texas in inhabitants hubs
Share of ticket gross sales by county for Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Texas Longhorns
In football-crazed Texas, the Crimson Raiders of Texas Tech can stake a declare to many of the rural northwest a part of the state, and even chunks of New Mexico. However the extra populous areas belong to the state’s two extra traditionally profitable packages: Texas and Texas A&M. Texas owns the all-time collection, 69-36-Four, however the colleges haven’t performed since A&M left the Massive 12 in 2012.
A&M really has extra Vivid Seats patrons in each Dallas County (13.6 p.c to Texas’s 12.7 p.c) and Houston’s Harris County (24.7 p.c to 14.eight p.c). In Travis County, which holds nearly all of Austin, host Texas dominates with 48.Four p.c of tickets.