UNT on verge of another attendance record

UNT is on the verge of another setting another attendance record heading into its final home game of the season.

UNT needs 19,854 fans to show up for its game against South Alabama on Saturday to break the record for average per game attendance of 19,704 set back in 1997. There is not a whole lot of drama left in UNT’s season. The Mean Green is out of the hunt for the Sun Belt title and is so far down in the pecking order for bowl berths that it is hard to see UNT getting a bid even if it wins out and gets to 6-6, which seems highly unlikely.

Still, you have to give UNT fans, the coaching staff and promotions people at UNT credit.

UNT’s attendance has gotten better.

UNT set a total attendance record last year when it had 113,186 fans at six home games, thanks largely to giving away free tickets to season ticket holders for its season finale against Middle Tennessee. UNT had 15,962 in official attendance for its win over MTSU, although that seemed to be wildly inflated judging by how many people were actually in the stands.

The school had the unofficial “For The Love Of God Show Up” campaign for its ESPN2 game against Louisiana-Lafayette earlier this season that included discounted tickets in the Wing Zone and saw that pan out well when 17,055 people filled a good percentage of the stands.

Dan McCarney has said all along that attendance is a key selling point for recruits and once again thanked fans for showing up again this week at his press conference.

This time around UNT is offering two tickets for $17 in honor of the 17 seniors on the team. UNT tickets really are a good deal when you compare the costs to what other programs charge.

We will see if the promotion pays off in the form of another record on Saturday.