Since Utah State installed lights at Romney Stadium just before the 1993 season, home attendance for football has increased by about 40%. With new attendance records set in 1993, 1996 and 2001, the future looks bright both for USU's place among peer institutions and for continuing to field a Division 1-A football team.
Legislation pending before the NCAA would require teams in Division 1-A to average 15,000 for each home game. USU has failed to reach that mark only twice since the lights were installed: 1995 (14,933) and 1998 (14,247).
Under Head FB Coach Mick Dennehy, during whose tenure attendance has averaged 20,847, expect attendance to soar in 2002, as the Ags entertain in-State foes Utah and BYU, as well as MWC member and former conference mate New Mexico. Long-time rival New Mexico State also visits Logan in 2002, along with South Florida and neighbor 1-AA Idaho State.