Guess The MAC Championship Attendance

People at Ford Field going to see probably not the MAC Championship Game. - Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Bowls of oranges and sugar are permeating the dreams of Kent State and Northern Illinois. Awaiting them is a football game played in Detroit, quite a drive from their comfortable dwellings. How much will the 65,000-capacity Ford Field be filled?

For reference, since they took the MAC Championship Game and played it in friendly neutral Ford Field:

Year Participants Driving distance
to Detroit (mi)
Official
Attendance
2004 Miami, Toledo 256/54 22,138
2005 Akron, NIU 191/337 12,051
2006 Ohio, CMU 269/153 25,483
2007 Miami, CMU 256/153 25,103
2008 Buffalo, Ball State 273/232 12,871
2009 Ohio, CMU 269/153 23,714
2010 Miami, NIU 256/337 12,031
2011 Ohio, NIU 269/337 13,052
2012 Kent State, NIU 197/337 ???

I left out the records of the teams because, sheesh, Ball State was 12-0 and that didn't make much of a difference in '08. Maybe they were just so confident they'd win that game that they didn't bother showing up.

The greatest turnouts crept into the twenty thousand marks, and you can thank Central Michigan for that. A game with Toledo also traveled well, mostly because they just had to take a short drive up I-75 to Big Toledo.

You're not playing for any prizes. Just try and guess.

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