I did not attend but watched the game on television. I am surprised that the attendance figure for UTEP is 5600, that seems strange to me. The lower bowl looked to be 80 - 90% full. If the lower bowl is roughly 8,000 seats I would say there seemed to be more like 7,000+ fans, maybe more.
I've noticed this several times since MM has taken over as AD. Perhaps students aren't counted? I am not sure. The placed looked pretty darn full on TV. I know we all wish it was 10k or so for a rivalry game like UTEP and perhaps those numbers will return sometime soon however again I am quite surprised at the posted numbers. Perhaps MM and athletic department are only counting paid for tickets and not all attendees like students. Seemed the same for UNM game about 1,000 - 1,500 few than I would have thought.
Obviously our athletics are in a fragile period, perhaps some people would like to say geez our number align more with FCS conferences so perhaps we should drop down. I don't know, maybe I am just wrong and the numbers are what they are. Just seems strange to me. Has something has changed in counting attendance.
Has anyone else noticed this?