In the aftermath of a troubling decline in total attendance at the Texas high school football state championship weekend, the Lone Star State can take solace in one thing: It isn’t alone.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times’ Eric Sondheimer, the total attendance at California’s state bowl games was also in sharp decline from the same games a year earlier. As with Texas, the California bowl games were being played in a new site for the first time, but the decrease of more than 3,000 fans — nearly 17 percent of the state’s 2014 attendance in similar games — was still nothing short of startling.
In total, the 2015 California bowl games drew 14,626 fans, down from 17,716 in 2014 and 22,714 in 2013. To put that relatively paltry total in comparison, more than 43,000 fans took in Katy’s Class 6A Division II title victory against fellow Texas state power Lake Travis.
California’s first state title games at Sacramento State may not have been a roaring success, but the attendance results from both state’s make one thing clear: It takes some time to work out the logistical and cultural kinks, even when the product on the field is some of America’s best prep football.