[quote="Tom, post:15, topic:163"]The problem with announcing 15996 is that they're using that to claim an NCAA record[/quote]
So what? You can bet that the old record was counted the same way. That's how attendance is counted virtually everywhere.
I understand your point that everyone else is reporting attendance the same way. But, I think that either the figure should be reported as tickets sold or the acutal attandance should be reported. To continue to report attendance as tickets sold rather than fannies in seats is misleading to the general public.
Certainly, reporting actual attendance would be easy enough since all tickets are scanned upon entry and there should be a fairly good idea as to the number of support staff, event staff, players & coaches who could be added to the mix.
I would think that most fans attending events at the BJC have a rough idea as to the maximum capacity of the facility. So, when the crowd is announced at 15,997 and fans look around and see appx. 5,000 empty seats, their first thought is who are they trying to kid. Or course, the same thing happens at Beaver Stadium.
Maybe the simplest thing to do is NOT to announce an attendance figure at all.