Not many Indiana fans entered the gates at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington to see the Hoosiers in action this fall.
Wednesday, Teddy Bailey of The Hoosier Network, reported that Indiana’s attendance for home football games dipped by 6.8 percent from 2017. The average attendance for the season was 40,965, which was the lowest turnout since 2008, according to Bailey.
The Hoosiers had just completed a $53 million project to revamp Memorial Stadium’s south end zone.
Indiana's home football attendance decreased 6.8% from last season. 40,965 is IU's lowest average attendance since 2008. #iufb
— Teddy Bailey (@ByTeddyBailey) November 28, 2018
Indiana finished the year 5-7 and was 2-7 in B1G play. It hosted seven home games in 2018, including games against Michigan State, Iowa, Penn State and Purdue.
Filling Memorial Stadium has always been a difficult task for the Hoosiers, and another losing season didn’t help matters. In an effort to increase attendance, Indiana ran a “buy one, get one” promotion for the season finale against Purdue. Fans could get two tickets for the price of one.
But the Old Oaken Bucket game was still played in front of a modest crowd.