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Paid Attendance: One

In 1955, Washington State hosted San Jose State and the paid attendance was one. That’s right, one fan!

At least that is the claim in this photo from a J&B Scotch ad from a 1973 Time magazine. I found it posted on the Facebook page for the Washington State Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections section of the library.

1955 washington state san jose state one fan Paid Attendance: One

Washington State claims one paying fan at 1955 game versus San Jose State

However, when I reference the Washington State media guide, the school claims an attendance of 1,600.

Sadly, we will probably never know which is the correct number, although I have reached out to the Washington State athletic department.



I have been informed by @jjncaa that the actual paid attendance really was one, and that it is in a trivia book written by Ken Jennings. Yes, the Ken Jennings that had the insane Jeopardy run of 74 straight wins.

The book is called Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days and can be purchased here.

[via WSUMASC Facebook page]

About Joshua Guiher

I love college football, especially attending live games in different stadiums. I have been to 129 FBS college football games in 40 different stadiums. I write for StadiumJourney.com when I have the time, covering the Appalachian Region


  1. @ThePatton enjoy / go Huskies

  2. @ScottEnyeart @collegiatestdms Wasn’t that last year against Utah?

  3. It was an entertaining post. Thanks for sharing this with us. Please keep it up.

  4. @collegiatestdms @WSUCougars_com It’s a trivia from this book: http://t.co/I0Owjlpc (the author is Ken Jennings)

  5. So it was basically like Wazzu under Paul Wulff?

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