Clemson Fans' 2018 Home Attendance Shockingly Low Amid Record-Setting National Championship Season

By Leo Abbe-Schneider
College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T - Alabama v Clemson
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To many avid college football fans, Clemson football conjures up images of an orange and purple sea of raucous, passionate Tigers' fans packing Memorial Stadium on Saturdays.

However, Clemson's home-field advantage might not be as helpful as we previously thought last year. Despite going undefeated and winning the national championship in dominating fashion last season, Clemson failed to sell out Memorial Stadium a single time, according to Greenville News.

Additionally, attendance for certain marquee matchups was down. For instance, the Tigers' game against their in-state rival South Carolina Gamecocks attracted only 81,436 fans.

While this number may seem quite large, it actually signifies a down year for Clemson. This was just the third time the matchup between the Gamecocks and Tigers failed to attract more than 82,000 attendees since 1980.

In Clemson's last undefeated season (2015), the Tigers sold out Memorial Stadium for every home game, a complete juxtaposition from attendance last year.

While attendance was notably low last year by Clemson football's usual standards, the Tigers still averaged the 12th-highest average attendance in Division I NCAA football.

If Clemson is hoping to run the table again in 2019, consistently selling out games would certainly make a trip to Death Valley an even more daunting task for opponents than it already is.

The Tigers might need all the support they can get early on this year too, as Clemson has a pivotal matchup against Texas A&M at Memorial Stadium in Week 2 of the 2019 season.

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