LANCASTER, PA -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that Franklin & Marshall College finished the year ranked 98th in Division III home football attendance.
F&M, which drew an average of 1,804 fans to its five home dates, experienced an average increase of 505 fans per game this year as the Diplomats drew 9, 020 people to Sponaugle-Williamson Field in 2003.
Franklin & Marshall joined McDaniel and Gettysburg as the only Centennial Conference schools to experience an increase in attendance this year. Ranked 10th in the nation in average attendance (3,738), Muhlenberg drew 14,950 people for four home games, an average increase of 1,142 people per game. In addition, Gettysburg, ranked 52nd in average attendance (2,531) drew 12,656 people for five home games, an average increase of 768 over the 2002 season.
Overall, F&M outdrew 131 institutions including Trinity in Texas (107th, 1,694), Rochester (117th, 1,600), Wittenberg (146th, 1,320), Allegheny (148th, 1,301), Centre (170th, 1,040), Oberlin (175th, 1,022), Johns Hopkins (182nd, 908), MIT (199th, 696), Colorado College (201st, 671) and Kenyon (207th, 598th).
In the Conference rankings, the Centennial Conference finished 20th of 43 Division II and III athletic conferences with an average attendance of 2,168 per game. As a group the "Centennial Seven" of Dickinson, Gettysburg, F&M, Johns Hopkins, McDaniel, Muhlenberg and Ursinus outdrew the Middle Atlantic Conference (22nd, 2,002), Empire 8 (24th, 1,958) and New Jersey (27th, 1,889) conferences.
Franklin & Marshall concluded the 2003 season with a 4-6 record, 3-3 in Centennial Conference play to finish fourth in the seven team Conference.