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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights Football team is the oldest college football team in the nation, having the played the first official intercollegiate football game against Princeton in 1869. NCAA Division I Rutgers was an independent team for 122 years until 1991, then joining the Big East.

In 2005 Rutgers achieved a winning season for the first time in 13 long years. The last three years have also been winning seasons for the Scarlet Knights under New Jersey native head coach Greg Schiano, including their first ever post-season win- beating Kansas State in the Texas Bowl.

The original Rutgers Stadium was completed in 1938 and the team played there until 1992. 1994 saw the new stadium built upon the old grounds, and currently houses the football team as well as NCAA soccer and Lacrosse games. In 2008 the stadium underwent an expansion- upping seating capacity to 52,454. The last four years have seen a significant rise in attendance, mainly due to the recent success of the team.

Here is the breakdown so far of the six game home attendance statistics for 2009 and 2008 respectively.


Date                    Opponent            Site                                Result      Attendance

September 7   Cincinnati            Rutgers Stadium  •  L 47-15      53,737

September 12  Howard                Rutgers Stadium  •  W 45-7      43,722

September 19  Florida Intrnl    Rutgers Stadium  •  W 23-15    45,273

October 10    Texas Southern   Rutgers Stadium  •  W 42-0       50,169

October 16    Pittsburgh              Rutgers Stadium  •   L 24-17     50,296

November 12   So Florida          Rutgers Stadium  •   W 31-0       48,057

Total Attendance for six home games 2009:                                  291,254



Date                     Opponent              Site                                Result       Attendance

September 1     Fresno State         Rutgers Stadium  •  L 7–24      42,508

September 11    No Carolina         Rutgers Stadium  •  L 12–44    42,502

September 27    Morgan State     Rutgers Stadium  •  W 38–0     42,411

October 18    Connecticut              Rutgers Stadium  •  W 12–10   42,491

November 8    Syracuse                 Rutgers Stadium  •  W 35–17   42,172
November 22    Army                     Rutgers Stadium  •  W 30–3     42,212

Total Attendance for six home games 2008:                                    254,296

The delta from 2008 to 2009 is +36,958. Or, an increase of 12.69%

Average attendance during 2008 was:     42,383.6

Average attendance for 2009 to date is:  48,542.3

All data provided by parties other than Real Analytics is deemed reliable and true. Whenever possible RA verifies provided data with neutral third parties.



  1. Rutgers Stadium no longer hosts the Scarlet Knights soccer and lacrosse matches. With the opening of the new stadium in 1994, a dedicated soccer/lacrosse stadium (Yurcak Field) aslo debuted.

    Rutgers stadium can be used in the event it is needed for larger crowds or if the grass field at Yurcak Field is not playable.

    • The stadium is used for NCAA soccer and lacrosse matches, not specifically Scarlet Knight games. If you read the post thoroughly, you would have seen that. Instead, you assumed I meant Scarlet Knight games, but the post clearly states NCAA games. It is exactly this type of lazy reading that generates rumors, mis-truths and falsities. The main problem with the internet. Most times, stories and posts get changed around or become suspect because of mis-informed readers. The key to understanding information, is first carefully examining information. Analyzing then deciphering information before it is commented on for being incorrect. Most of what is written here are factual statistics and data, not opinion pieces. I make every effort to extract and verify data before I post. In this case, I collected data from Rutgers. So I am confident that it is 100% correct. If it isn’t, then the School provided the mis-information. Thank you for replying.

  2. ….What’s the point of providing statistics if the data is false? If you went to the games you would have seen that Rutgers embellished their attendance numbers nearly every week after their first game. For a number of factors Rutgers hasn’t been able to sell out all year long (weak opponents, Friday night games, unmet expectations…) but it’s in the best interest of Rutgers’ football program to inflate the ticket receipt numbers to justify their recent stadium expansion.

    If you didn’t go to the games and didn’t know about the invisible fans that’s another thing, but then why do a study on it? RU’s attendance numbers are skewed on purpose and are not factual and that isn’t to say your statistics are incorrect… but I will say that the stats you provided don’t show the actual picture of RU 2008 to 2009 football attendance-

    I would love to know what the true attendance bump was from 2008-2009, but Rutgers released those numbers solely to justify their stadium project. I know that has nothing to do with you, but why even use those numbers if they’re obviously wrong.

    • Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if the proposed health care bill debacle and now the largest fraud to ever have taken place in our time- so-called, man-made global warming got this much scrutiny??? LOL.

      Ease up there booster seat…we’re not the bad guys. Attendance figures reported were provided by the university. If you think they are false, you can take it up with them.
      I do admire the passion and questioning though.

      But could you imagine if the ny times, la times, nbc, and other such nonsensical news outlets had to account for every incorrect and mis-leading piece of data they report on a daily basis!? They wouldn’t have to time to do anything else!!!! ; )

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