What would college sports be without fans? These enthusiastic groups of people are creative in every possible way to cheer for their teams. They have special chants, nicknames, fan art, fan mail and even fan conventions. But the most important thing of these fans is to fill up the stadiums to create the craziest and loudest atmospheres. Fans will stand by the team at any time. They can get you back up and are supposed to stand by the team whenever the team needs it. Fans are the most respected element in sports. Without the fans, sports wouldn’t be as big as it is right now! Check out these incredible college fanbases!
5. Texas A&M Aggies
The Texas A&M fanbase continues to grow. There is no question that Kyle Field has one of the best 12th-man advantages in the country. The fanbase here is in fact known as the 12th Man, and rightfully so. The story behind the name:
“The Aggies found themselves plagued by injuries in 1922. As Texas A&M Coach Dana X. Bible looked across his empty bench, he suddenly remembered a players presence in the stands. E. King Gill, a squad player for Texas A&M’s football team, was up in the press box helping reporters identify players on the field below. Bible waved Gill down to the sideline and told him to suit up. Gill ran under the bleachers and put on the uniform of injured running back Heine Weir, who had been knocked out of the game in the first quarter.”
When it comes to filling a stadium to capacity, Texas A&M is near the top of the list. Their fanbase on Twitter is currently 246,7k.
4. Nebraska Cornhuskers
This is a Big Ten fanbase that is not short on loyalty. As far as sellouts are concerned, Nebraska is the king. The Cornhuskers have sold out more than 300 straight games since 1962. These fans are a “Sea of Red” and one of the loudest groups in the entire nation. Nebraska supporters also have the recipe for being rapid followers of their team, while being respectful of their opponents, even applauding them win or lose. The Cornhuskers averaged over 85,000 fans a game, ranking 12th in the country. When it comes to social media, Nebraska is also impressive with nearly 253,9k Twitter followers.
See here: a fan filming the tunnel walkout of the Nebraska Huskers.
3. Florida Gators
The Florida Gators fans help make “The Swamp” one of the best home-field advantages in the country. The nickname and its tagline, “where only Gators get out alive”, were given by former head coach Steve Spurrier. Florida is another team that has a unique chant that almost every other team in the country loathes. The “Gator Chomp” is one of the most recognizable college anthems in the entire country and has been named as one of the top 10 traditions in College Football. After a win in the Swamp, the entire Gator team and coaching staff run over to the band to sing the Alma Mater. Every Gator fan must know the lyrics to the Alma Mater by the time they graduate. The fans expect a lot from their team. The Gators ranked in the top 10 last season, averaging nearly 88,000 fans a game. Expect that number to be just as high this season. And an impressive amount of followers on Twitter: 310,2K.
2. LSU Tigers
As far as fans are concerned, this team is at the top of the list. There might not be a tougher place in the entire country to play a night game than Tiger Stadium. These fans are amazing throughout the whole game. When LSU is not playing at home, the fans are not afraid to travel wherever their Tigers are playing. The Tigers played with an average of 92,000 fans a game and 797,9k followers on Twitter. Saturdays in Baton Rouge are a party from the tailgating before the game to the postgame afterwards, and that is why the LSU fanbase is at the top of the list.
1. Michigan Wolverines
The Michigan Wolverines averaged over 112,000 fans a game last season. That was easily the top attendance figure in the country. While some may not think this stadium is as loud as it should be considering the amount of fans, “The Big House” is one of the best venues in the nation. Michigan isn’t just a name, it’s a brand and all over the world, the block M means one thing: Michigan. Social media is also a big deal for Michigan fans. They are very popular on Twitter, where they have the most followers of any team in the country with over 883,3k. This makes it the most impressive fan base of the list.
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