December 13, 2010

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Menís college games see surge in attendance this year

9 Nov, 2010

On top of much improved television ratings in the United States for the World Cup in South Africa and a professional league invigorated this summer by international star power, add another symbol of soccer’s continuing emergence in this country: surging attendance at college games.

Eye-catching figures are popping up across the country for men’s games. Cal Poly has drawn crowds of more than 8,000 twice this season. Last month Duke visited Maryland and played in front of 7,260 spectators. And Ohio State set a university record when it drew 7,255 fans for its game against Akron in September.

“On one hand, there is something big going on here, this slow growth of soccer in the United States,” said John Francis, a professor in San Diego State’s sports business master’s degree program who has researched the growth of soccer in the United States. “At the same time, there are interesting things and smaller stories emerging within this larger trend.”

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