I'm in the process of compiling historical data on attendance at leading domestic track & field competitions. TFN is of course my primary source of data, along with the Oregon T&F media guide, Penn and Drake meet programs, and NCAA Championships reports available at usctrackandfield.com.
Unfortunately, in the late 90s TFN largely abandoned the practice of listing attendance with results (probably because it was too depressing). I presume it was published in Track Newsletter, but getting my hands on that in the pre-2002 era isn't too easy.
I'm looking for help with a day-by-day breakdown of attendance at the NCAA (outdoor) Championships for the following years: 2002 2000 1999 1998 1997 1993 1992
Also, the attendance at the Pre Classic was not published by TFN in 2001, 2000 or 1991, and I'm looking for that as well.
Mighty Favog wrote:... Unfortunately, in the late 90s TFN largely abandoned the practice of listing attendance with results (probably because it was too depressing). ...
I'm guessing that in most cases it simply wasn't ever mad available. That's an era where SIDs are really starting to bail on us as a secondary sport. And the press started staying away in droves, so I suspect that a lot of schools just quit worrying about elemental information like that.
It wasn't just NCAA competition where that info wasn't reported, but also domestic pro meets and USATF Championships. When it was reported, it was in the story, not in the agate (with the lone exception of Millrose). Even attendance for Penn and Drake were generally not listed in the agate. I'm not complaining so much as just saying why I need some help here.
I once remarked to someone in Austin that the Texas Relays crowds seemed to be seriously understated. I was told that this was deliberate--they did not want to create the impression that track and field was at all popular. (Of course, the Texas SID in those days was the guy who was responsible for the quote "the only sport I hate more than track is field." I'd describe this as a legendary quote, but it's no legend--I heard him say it.)
I don't know what the announced attendance was for Texas Relays and Texas State HS Track championship but back in the day when the track was in Memorial Stadium both meets typically drew 40,000 to 50,000.