Spring football may be nothing more than a controlled scrimmage with vanilla play-calling, fourth string quarterback sightings and running clacks, but that certainly doesn’t deter the fans from flocking to spring games en masse.
With annual spring games serving as the first and final public appearance from each team before each season, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the recorded attendance is often mind-blowing, especially when it comes to the nation’s premier programs. That was the case once again this spring, and the Oklahoma Sooners enjoyed one of the largest turnouts in the nation, with a recorded 52,102 fans in attendance, as detailed by SB Nation.
The Sooners spring game produced the nation’s ninth-largest turnout and the largest crowd in the Big 12.
- Nebraska — 86,818
- Georgia — 82,184
- Alabama — 74,732
- Penn State — 71,000
- Tennessee — 65,098
- Florida State — 60,934
- Clemson — 55,000
- Florida — 53,015
- Oklahoma — 52,102
- Texas A&M — 48,000
Such a turnout for the Sooners saw nearly 10,000 more fans flock to Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium than at this time last season, as the 2017 spring game’s recorded attendance was 43,723. Maybe it was the Trace Adkins effect, or the fact that the weather was quite ideal for a afternoon spent watching football, or maybe that Oklahoma is aiming to build upon a 12-win season that ended with a trip to the College Football Playoff.
In any case, yet again, Oklahoma’s spring game attendance was among the most notable in the entire nation and the best in the Big 12.