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Huskies football attendance drops for third straight year

The Washington Huskies averaged 58,617 fans a game, good for 27th in the nation.

Otto Greule Jr

The Washington Huskies' average home attendance figures for football dropped for the third straight year, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reported on Monday.

Overall, the team's downward trend mirrored the national average, which dropped to 45,274 per game - the lowest since 2003.

The Huskies averaged 58,617, good for 27th in the nation and third in the Pac-12 behind UCLA and USC.

As Condotta points out, there are some different circumstances leading to the Huskies' attendance numbers this year. Washington played all their home games at CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Seahawks' stadium, while Husky Stadium was renovated. CenturyLink Field holds approximately 4,500 less people than Husky Stadium.

Still, the Huskies never sold out CenturyLink Field, getting their largest attendance numbers for the game against USC. The lowest-attended game was the home opener against San Diego State. This year's total attendance figures are the second-lowest for UW since Husky Stadium's capacity was increased back in 1987.