How was the attendance for the State finals?

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    How was the attendance for the State finals?

    I was in Hershey, Pa for their finals. Overall their attendance was up. Pa. does thing different than most places I know of. They put all of the games live on TV, a station that every TV in the state gets and this keeps their numbers down. The state makes it available for everyone knowing this will keep most fans at home. In talking to a lot of people in the media tent the last two years, the PIAA puts the athlete and the fans first and they say this is just one way they do it.

    In Ohio I read where the attendance was down a little over 15%.
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    We heard that the attendance was highest its been since going to 6 classes. Have not verified that though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newarkcatholicfan View Post
    I was in Hershey, Pa for their finals. Overall their attendance was up. Pa. does thing different than most places I know of. They put all of the games live on TV, a station that every TV in the state gets and this keeps their numbers down. The state makes it available for everyone knowing this will keep most fans at home. In talking to a lot of people in the media tent the last two years, the PIAA puts the athlete and the fans first and they say this is just one way they do it.

    In Ohio I read where the attendance was down a little over 15%.
    Hershey, PA isn't really a centralized location. It's a 4-5 hour trip from the western and Northwestern part of the state. Because of that, I don't know that it's the feed that keeps the attendance down. Like many other states, attendance in PA will be highly dependent on who is playing. If it's a team from southeast Pa (including Philly), or the Allentown/Bethlehem or York/Harrisburg area, attendance will be very good. If it's from Pittsburgh, or northwest PA, it probably won't be as good. You've also got a good chance of weather being an issue and affecting attendance in PA.

    In looking at the teams that played in the 7 classes in PA, only 4 of the 14 teams were making long trips from the western part of the state. All the other teams were less than 2 hours away from Hershey, so to me, it's no surprise their attendance was up this year.

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    2A had 3rd largest crowd since going to 6 classes.

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    Harrisburg high played last year and brought the smallest crowd of the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newarkcatholicfan View Post
    I was in Hershey, Pa for their finals. Overall their attendance was up. Pa. does thing different than most places I know of. They put all of the games live on TV, a station that every TV in the state gets and this keeps their numbers down. The state makes it available for everyone knowing this will keep most fans at home. In talking to a lot of people in the media tent the last two years, the PIAA puts the athlete and the fans first and they say this is just one way they do it.

    In Ohio I read where the attendance was down a little over 15%.
    Alabama Super 7 Championship games had a total of 42,998 in attendance with 6A Oxford with biggest crowd.

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    5A had the 2nd highest attendance it has had since 6 classes.

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    1A - 7,840

    2A - 7,801

    3A - 8,275

    4A - 9,439

    5A - 9,381

    6A - 9,108

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
    1A - 7,840

    2A - 7,801

    3A - 8,275

    4A - 9,439

    5A - 9,381

    6A - 9,108
    Guess that ends this thread of speculation! Lol. Nice to see the numbers. Two thumbs up.

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    How do these compare to past years, in 6 class system?

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    I think that in most divisions the best teams where playing. That may be the reason attendance was good this year.

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    That’s not a great number for 6A, but I don’t think 6A will ever be a big number unless it’s played in Louisville. As for the other classes, very good crowds.

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    Mountain teams generally bring big crowds. I believe this was a key factor in the number of fans in attendance.

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    CovCath also travels very well.

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    My only reason for asking was this and nothing more. Ohio was way down, while Pa. and Indianan was up. I also believe that the Iowa semi final games were up too.

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