WI State Journal had a good article today about the attendance at Badger games. They have some interactive charts and data that is nice.
The article shows the data about empty seats at Badger games which the university tracks with scanned tickets. I have been complaining about empty seats for a while as I have been going to Badger home games in football and basketball for about 20 years. I don't know that the percentages are a ton worse than they ever have been, but when your team wins a lot, as the Badgers do now, it seems like people would show up more.
This is old curmudgeon Adam at his worst. When I was a kid going to a Badger game was a big deal, and this was when they sucked at everything but hockey. Buying season tickets for a team and then only going to a handful of games just doesn't make sense to me. I am also very cheap, so the idea that someone spends a minimum of $400-500 for one person for one season of football or basketball tickets (and likely much more), and then doesn't go is crazy.