CMU Leads MAC in Football Attendance Average

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University averaged 21,563 fans at its five home football games in 2006, the highest average home attendance in the Mid-American Conference this season.

The 2006 average is the highest for a five-game home schedule since 1986 and the fourth-highest average in Kelly/Shorts Stadium history. It also marks the first time since 1998 that Central Michigan has averaged more than 20,000 fans per game.

"This is a real credit to our fans and the overwhelming support they've shown toward Chippewa football," Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. "We're very pleased to be leading the league in attendance. This is just one of a number of great things happening in our program."

A total of 107,817 fans passed through the Kelly/Shorts Stadium gates in 2006, the most at CMU since 1990 and the most for a five-game schedule since 1986. A stadium-record crowd of 30,027 was on hand for the Chippewas' 31-7 win over Western Michigan Nov. 10 that locked up at least a share of the MAC West Division title. It was the first crowd in excess of 30,000 in Kelly/Shorts Stadium history.

CMU's total attendance of 107,817 ranked third in the MAC, behind just Northern Illinois (124,623) and Toledo (121,863). Both NIU and Toledo, however, hosted six games in 2006.

The Chippewas posted a 4-1 home record en route to a 10-4 overall mark and MAC title. CMU defeated Ohio, 31-10, in the MAC Championship Game Nov. 30 and Middle Tennessee State, 31-14, in the Motor City Bowl Dec. 26.

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