Feb. 15, 2013
Indianapolis, Ind. - The NCAA announced its Division II attendance leaders for the 2012 season and for the second straight year Grand Valley State led the nation in average attendance per game. The Lakers averaged 12,034 fans per game for five home contests (60.169) during the 2012 campaign, in which GVSU went 8-3 overall and claimed the GLIAC North Division title. Miles College finished second (11,117) among the top five, followed by Kentucky State (10,534), West Texas A&M (10, 379) and Pittsburg State (10,055).
Playing in the newly renovated Lubbers Stadium (10,440) in 2012, Grand Valley State opened the year with a crowd of 15,139 versus Notre Dame (Ohio) College. The Lakers followed with 10,499 versus Ohio Dominican, 13,456 versus West Michigan rival Ferris State, 12,098 versus Northwood and 8,977 versus Wayne State.
"We feel that Lubbers Stadium is one of the finest facilities in the country and we want to thank our students and fans for coming out and supporting Laker Football," said GVSU Director of Athletics, Tim Selgo. "We are looking forward to a great 2013 campaign and our seven-game home schedule."
Saginaw Valley State was the nearest GLIAC school (18th), averaging 6,684 per game (5,530 fewer than Grand Valley State per game). Ashland ranked 42nd nationally, averaging 3,967, while Northern Michigan was 77th (2,887), Wayne State 79th (2,867) and Ferris State 83rd (2,731).
Grand Valley State will have seven home games in the 2013 season, including the first three at Lubbers Stadium. The home slate will begin with a September 7 meeting with Azusa Pacific at 7:00 p.m. in Lubbers Stadium. The Lakers will host Truman State on Sept. 14, Tiffin on Sept. 21, Michigan Tech (Family Day) on Oct. 5, Northern Michigan (Homecoming) on Oct. 19, Hillsdale on Nov. 2 and Saginaw Valley State to close the regular season on Nov. 16. The first six home games will kickoff at 7 p.m., with the finale set for 1 p.m.