November 27, 2014 at 3:24 am #16948
1) THANKS: Thanks to all of you for providing some fun reading and provocative comments, particularly this football season … It made a season frustrating to this fan somewhat enjoyable.
Have a great Thanksgiving.
2) ATTENDANCE: In all the coverage of 150, I may have missed an answer to the following question:
Yes, 150 was by far the largest LU-LAF attendance ever at 48k-plus.
My guess is it was the largest crowd a Lehigh team has ever played in from of.
Michie Stadium at West Point holds only 38,000; Annapolis about 34,000. Blue Hens, 22k; North Dakota State and Idaho even less.
Any other ideas?November 27, 2014 at 3:57 am #16952
I have no thoughts on a bigger crowd. But have a great Turkey Day, Sunday!November 27, 2014 at 1:26 pm #16954
would be interested in knowing the actual attendance rather than ticket sales, there were quite a few empty seats, my guess is actual in the stadium was less than 30K, still a huge crowd by out standardsNovember 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm #16955
Was attendance tickets sold or tickets scanned? Always thought it was tickets scanned based on numbers from other college games I’ve attended. There were many empty seats,but also noticed many never made their seats as they were just in the stadium wondering around looking for people and drinking beer.November 27, 2014 at 2:08 pm #16956
The attendance was 48,236. I believe a lot of people did ‘attend’ the game but opted to stay in the warmer areas and drink. I know a good number of my section was never in there seats, but were in the Stadium. Years ago, I thought Michie’s capacity was in the low 40K’s, but #150 has to be the largest crowd Lehigh as ever played before. Lehigh played in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl for the 1979 I-AA Championship against Eastern Kentucky which sat, then, over 50,000….but only 6,000 showed up. So that might go down as the game played before the most empty seats.November 27, 2014 at 3:24 pm #16963
Attendance was the gate count. Agree.the couple next to us spent mist of the game having a mini tailgate under the stands :).
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Good food and safe travels. And thanks to all for a lively season.November 27, 2014 at 4:14 pm #16968
I feel pretty safe in saying that it was the largest-ever modern crowd Lehigh has ever played to. My question is whether Lehigh played against bigger crowds ever at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Cornell when they were considered I-A. If I had to guess they never topped 20,000, but I’m not sure. I’m thinking the 1960s or 1970s.
In the olden days Lehigh played some games against NYU at Yankee Stadium, but those didn’t come close to 40,000 people. Even some of the hyped games in the Polo Grounds (Lehigh vs. North Carolina) didn’t top 10,000 fans.
I don’t think the modern I-A games Lehigh played (Army, Buffalo, UConn) came close to 40,000. As ng said, the closest was probably Army.
November 29, 2014 at 2:17 am #16984
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Good ideas on those other venues …
I guess I’d put that Citrus Bowl game out of my mind. Not only was it empty, but it has to rank with the LU-LAF game this year as one of the most impotent offensive games I’ve ever personally seen LU play — though it was for a national championship. Defense was the hallmark of that 1979 team.
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