It’s not just you. The national champions are struggling to fill their stadium, too.
A report from the Greenville News on Tuesday showed Clemson did not sell out a single home game on its perfect route to the 2018 national title — filling Memorial Stadium with an average of 80,400 fans, an average of 98.7 percent of capacity. The largest crowd of the year was against South Carolina, as 81,436 fans came to see the Tigers’ 56-35 win over the Gamecocks, which represents just the third time since 1982 that Clemson failed to draw at least 82,000 to see the Palmetto Bowl.
Amid a nation-wide ticket sales slump, only five programs averaged a sellout in 2018 — Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Utah.
Clemson attributed its lack of sellouts to its opponent — specifically, those who return some of the visitor’s allotment, only to see those tickets go unused when Clemson fans don’t realize the school still has tickets to sell.
Because of that, Louisville drew a smaller crowd (78,741) than local FCS foe Furman (80,048).
“Our toughest chore here is just building awareness that we actually have those tickets,” Clemson assistant AD for ticket operations Owen Godfrey told the paper. “If you hear that we’re sold out of season tickets, you don’t know you can order directly from Clemson.”
But still, Clemson sold out every game of its 2015 season — a schedule that included Notre Dame and Florida State — back when Dabo Swinney’s program was on its long climb up National Championship Mountain.
Now that the Tigers have done it, and did it again last season, they’re having trouble filling Death Valley East.
Again, it’s not just you.