MISSOULA -- For a third straight year, more fans watched Football Championship Subdivision college action at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on average than any other venue in the nation.
The Grizzlies led the FCS in home attendance again in 2016, according to an FCS STATS release Monday, by bringing in 152,261 fans for the year, an average of 25,377 per home game last season. Montana hosted six regular season games.
The capacity of Wa-Griz is only 25,217.
The Griz averaged 24,139 fans for seven home games in 2015 after adding a playoff game to its slate. Montana went 6-5 in 2016 and did not advance to the postseason.
It's the second-best average attendance in Washington-Grizzly history after the 2010 season. Montana averaged 25,448 attendees that year when again the Griz missed the playoffs. The first round of the FCS playoffs is held over Thanksgiving weekend and typically comes with a moderate attendance drop, leading to a dip in the yearly average as well.
Montana's three-year run at the top follows the four-year rein of Appalachian State, which moved up to the FBS in 2014. The Griz were also first in 2009.
Not only did the Griz lead the nation in attendance in 2016, they did so by a very wide margin -- 5,500 wide in fact. National champion James Madison reportedly averaged 19,844 fans across its eight-game home slate. The rest of the FCS top five included Florida A&M (19,710, four home games), Jackson State (19,660, five), and North Dakota State (18,556, nine).
Montana State checked in at No. 6 despite its own down year. The Bobcats averaged 17,907 fans across six games while going 4-7. That's down from 19,172 for the year prior.
Jacksonville State (17,576, seven), Delaware (16,478, five), Liberty (16,377, six) and Grambling State (16,335, two) rounded out the top 10.
Michigan ruled the FBS for a second straight year with a whopping average attendance of 110,468 fans. Big Ten rival Ohio State was close behind with 107,278.