Football: attendance up in 2013 after three-year decline

Nate Gotlieb

The Gophers football team saw an increase in home-game attendance in 2013, reversing a three-year decline in attendance and becoming one of four Big Ten schools to see an increase.
 
The team drew 334,581 fans to seven home games in 2013, an average of 47,797 fans per game. It drew 326,456 fans to seven home games in 2012, an average of 46,637 fans per game.
 
The Gophers sold out all seven home games in 2009, their inagural season at TCF Bank Stadium, but home attendance had decreased during the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Minnesota's 2013 per-game attendance ranked ninth of the 12 Big Ten schools, according to an NCAA report. The conference saw attendance increases at four schools: Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue and Northwestern, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.