That's right, the best crowds in the FCS this year have come in three HBCU contests at neutral sites. Legendary venues like Legion Field in Birmingham (Ala.), the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and the Liberty Bowl in Memphis have hosted the biggest FCS vs. FCS crowds this year — combining to put 164,000 fans in the seats in just three games.
Welcome to the Magic City Classic, the State Fair Classic and the Southern Heritage Classic. And we still have two massive ones to go in the Florida Classic (Florida A&M vs. Bethune Cookman) and Bayou Classic coming up between Grambling and Southern — which will settle the SWAC West Division title and put a team in the SWAC Championship — so that one should be crowded too, later this month.
Take a look below at the FCS' Top 30 crowds so far, along with the best crowds for FCS schools that visited Power Five stadiums this year — and the top crowds for FCS conferences that didn't have a game crack the Top 30 list. All below:[divider]
(*) – Magic City Classic on Oct. 28; (&) – State Fair Classic on Oct. 7; (#) – Southern Heritage Classic on Sept. 9; (%) – Neutral site Southland Conference game at NRG Stadium – home stadiums not big enough; (@) – Tennessee State home game played at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.[divider]
FCS Conferences that didn't have a Top 30 game – Their top attendance games
Kennesaw at Liberty
Columbia at Yale
Wofford at Mercer
Georgetown at Holy Cross
Stetson at Morehead St.
Fordham at Bryant
[divider] Top crowds an FCS team has played in front of in 2017
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