2021 FCS Attendance Leaders

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Official FCS attendance figures were released by the NCAA in late January, giving us a look at which teams drew the most and least fans in 2021.

Jackson State ran away with the No. 1 spot, setting a subdivision record with an average home crowd of 42,293 people. The SWAC was represented in the Top 10 two other times with No. 5 Southern U (18,698) and No. 6 Florida A&M (16,967).

Two teams departing to the FBS are in the Top 10 — No. 3 James Madison (19,631) and No. 7 Jacksonville State (16,809).

No. 2 Montana and No. 4 Montana State saw an increase in fans compared to 2019. Montana went from a 2019 average of 22,545 to a 2021 average of 24,584 fans. Montana State went from 17,281 to 19,176.

North Dakota State remained in the Top 10 in 2021. But its attendance has been slipping, going from 18,106 in 2018 to 17,440 in 2019 to 15,101 in 2021.

Here are the average home attendance figures for all FCS teams (playoffs are included):

RankSchoolAvg
1Jackson St.42,293
2Montana24,584
3James Madison19,631
4Montana St.19,176
5Southern Univ.18,698
6Florida A&M16,967
7Jacksonville St.16,809
8North Dakota St.15,101
9Yale13,263
10Delaware12,844
11South Dakota St.12,668
12N.C. A&T12,437
13New Hampshire11,576
14Eastern Ky.11,539
15Harvard11,201
16Alabama St.10,881
17Youngstown St.10,512
18UC Davis10,422
19Alabama A&M10,241
20Missouri St.10,156
21The Citadel9,982
22Norfolk St.9,965
23Western Caro.9,824
24North Dakota9,661
25Furman9,577
26ETSU9,508
27Tarleton St.9,204
28Mercer8,908
29Illinois St.8,574
30SFA8,349
31Elon8,254
32South Carolina St.8,206
33Cal Poly7,952
34McNeese7,903
35Murray St.7,844
36Southern Ill.7,742
37Northern Ariz.7,620
38Sacramento St.7,615
39Ark.-Pine Bluff7,567
40Central Ark.7,560
41Grambling7,532
42William & Mary7,511
43Chattanooga7,482
44Abilene Christian7,415
45Sam Houston7,283
46North Ala.7,175
47Holy Cross7,156
48N.C. Central7,022
49Princeton7,019
50Richmond6,940
51Nicholls6,855
52Stony Brook6,777
53UNI6,757
54Texas Southern6,710
55Morehead St.6,707
56Northwestern St.6,566
57Howard6,529
58Villanova6,513
59Weber St.6,404
60South Dakota5,816
61Kennesaw St.5,803
62Tennessee Tech5,756
63Eastern Wash.5,725
64Lamar University5,716
65Lehigh5,639
66Austin Peay5,617
67Towson5,561
68Columbia5,549
69Dartmouth5,480
70Mississippi Val.5,440
71Bethune-Cookman5,323
72VMI5,217
73Southeastern La.5,215
74Northern Colo.5,168
75Campbell5,164
76Maine5,051
77Indiana St.4,976
78Penn4,971
79Rhode Island4,892
80Idaho4,878
81Merrimack4,860
82Sacred Heart4,854
83Alcorn4,833
84St. Thomas (MN)4,739
85Dixie St.4,728
86Wofford4,686
87Albany (NY)4,684
88Southern Utah4,591
89Eastern Ill.4,441
90Davidson4,225
91UT Martin4,208
92Gardner-Webb4,142
93Morgan St.4,049
94Tennessee St.4,023
95Samford3,949
96Prairie View3,827
97Brown3,752
98Southeast Mo. St.3,729
99Cornell3,682
100Hampton3,680
101Idaho St.3,674
102Fordham3,668
103Butler3,352
104Portland St.3,329
105Western Ill.3,282
106Drake3,176
107Charleston So.3,102
108Monmouth3,093
109Central Conn. St.2,926
110Bryant2,883
111Lafayette2,861
112Dayton2,692
113Delaware St.2,649
114UIW2,483
115Valparaiso2,480
116Bucknell2,415
117Marist2,362
118Presbyterian2,351
119Georgetown2,265
120Robert Morris2,150
121Houston Baptist2,148
122Colgate2,042
123San Diego1,987
124Wagner1,921
125Duquesne1,616
126Stetson1,221
127Saint Francis (PA)1,216
128LIU943