Texans ranked third nationally in Div. II football attendance

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
In 2019, Tarleton's final football season competing in NCAA Division II, the Texans ranked third in the nation in average attendance, with a school-record mark of 8,952.

In the first year of the newly renovated Lonn Reisman Athletic Center at Memorial Stadium, Tarleton Football finished third in attendance for NCAA Division II in 2019.

Tarleton totaled 53,711 fans in six home games for an average of 8,952 fans per game. It's the largest single-season attendance total and average in program history.

Morehouse (Georgia) led the nation in Division II average attendance with 10,924 per game and Grand Valley State had the highest total attendance with 68,746 in seven home games.

The Texans had the highest total attendance and per-game average of any team in the Lone Star Conference this season, ahead of Midwestern State (sixth, 7,703), West Texas A&M (seventh, 7,646) and Texas A&M-Commerce (eighth, 7,450).

As a conference, the LSC finished second in Division II with 250,736 total attendance and averaged 5,117 fans across nine institutions.

Tarleton had two games with over 10,000 in attendance: against West Texas A&M (10,691) and Texas A&M-Commerce (11,513, a school record).

Tarleton is set to transition to NCAA Division I and play football as an FCS independent starting July 1, 2020. The rest of Tarleton Athletics will join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) on the same date.

Comparing against other FCS programs, Tarleton's attendance in 2019 would rank 29th in per-game average and second in the state behind only Texas Southern, who averaged 9,204 fans per game. The Texans averaged more fans per game than 97 of the 124 FCS Division I programs.

Tarleton was 11-1 in 2019 and won its second straight LSC outright undefeated championship while being ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation for Division II.