Collegiate football attendance in El Paso, Texas

Wesley Austin Miller, University of Texas at El Paso


This study examines potential determinants of attendance at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Miners football games. Time series methodology is utilized to analyze UTEP attendance from 1967 to 2014. 22 explanatory variables are included in the final specification; 16 of which are statistically significant at the 10-percent level. Estimation results indicate that over 70 percent of the variation in UTEP football attendance is explained within the model. Elasticities of demand are estimated and indicate that demand for UTEP football games is inelastic with respect to all of the continuous regressors. Dynamic ex ante forecasts are generated for the 2015 season and are evaluated using the Theil inequality coefficient. The replication of this study for football teams in more traditional “college towns” provides an intriguing opportunity for further research.

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Miller, Wesley Austin, "Collegiate football attendance in El Paso, Texas" (2016). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI10118099.