It is now official: Rattler Nation is among the most loyal and passionate fan bases in the country, as Florida A&M University finished ranked number three (3rd) in average home attendance in the Football Championship Subdivision for the second straight year.
The Rattlers drew 76,1901 fans to venerable Bragg Stadium in 2017 – its’ 60th year of operation – for a per game Average of 19,048 fans for four home games.
That per-game average was also tops among Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference members, with North Carolina A&T ranking 10th at 15,697, and highest among all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), with Prairie View (Tex.) eighth at 17,803.
Only reigning Attendance king Montana (23,535 in six games) and national title game runnerup James Madison (21,724 in nine games, including playoffs), ranked ahead of FAMU.
In 2016, FAMU finished third with a per-game norm of 19,710 fans, continuing the sharply upward trend for the Rattlers, which saw them finish 11th in 2015 (15,060); 19th in 2014 (11,173), and 24th in 2013 (11,170).
Over the past decade (2007-17), FAMU has finished in the Top Ten in FCS Average Home Attendance four times (2017, 2016, 2011, 2008), and nine times in the Top 20 (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2007).
These figures are even more impressive considering the recent fortunes of the football team which saw its’ last winning campaign in 2011.