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Florida’s Football Stadiums: By The Numbers

Each Saturday statewide, nearly one half million college football fans fill stadium seats at a host of stadium venues, ranging from Raymond James Stadium to Doak Campbell Stadium.

That lead us to wonder which team claims the largest share of this market by stadium size?

Obviously, the answer to this question is biased towards the school with the largest stadium capacity. And that turned out to be the answer. The Florida Gators have the largest market share of filled seats in the state of Florida. With a stadium capacity of 88,548, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium gives the Gators an advantage over each team. They have a share of 27.65% of filled seats. Second place, no surprise, went to Florida State, having 23.86%.

But when investigating this question, another one arose.

Which team fills the largest portion of their seats? Who comes closest to selling out every game. Again, the Gators win this contest. This is rather surprising given the recent run of success the Seminoles have enjoyed. The Seminoles have filled an average of 91.86% of Doak Campbell Stadium’s seats in 2012. The Gators were ahead, having filled an average of 98.93% of their house last year. Not to knock the Seminoles, though. Given the size of their house, 92% is still great.

The chart below is sized by the portion college football seats statewide held by each stadium and shaded for overall stadium capacity. The chart is interactive, if you like it, please share it.

The “Freakonomics” of Guns and Violent Crime in Florida

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Human existence is driven by assumptions derived from our experiences and patterns that we have observed. These sorts of assumptions are likes rules of thumb that scientists call “heuristics.”

An interesting element of heuristics is that two people can look at the same facts and apply very different judgments about those facts. One example of this is the fact pattern of the Trayvon Martin trial which leads people to one of two very different views on Florida self defense laws.

Now, data science can’t tell us much about the Martin case, but it can give us some insight into the actual relationship between lawfully carried guns and violent crime. The table below shows the total number, net change from the prior year, and percentage change from the prior year of concealed carry permit (CCP) holders and violent crimes in Florida.

We chose to look at the concealed carry permit numbers because it is a rough measure of the number of lawfully owned guns being carried on Florida’s streets. We are looking at the data to see if there is evidence that more people carrying guns in a state with “loose” gun laws results in more or less violent crime.

We have also provided a graph depicting the relationship of concealed carry permits to violent crimes and a graph just depicting the number of violent crimes in Florida each year.

Is the relationship here as clear as it appears? Are other important data not being evaluated? Take some time to look over the data provided below and let others know what you see via social media. You will be surprised on the diversity of opinions on just this one simple data set.

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Summering in North Carolina

Recently, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise announced that SunPass would now work on North Carolina toll roads. This agreement makes sense seeing as how every Floridian we know has made the requisite pilgrimage to the mountains this summer.

If you’re interested in more facts on this long standing vacationing trend, check out this article from a North Carolina business publication (WARNING: You will learn what native North Carolinians really think about us “Floridiots”).

We wanted to get a better picture of which Florida cities are best represented along the ridges, so we made this list of Florida cities with the highest Google search volumes for “North Carolina.” The cities are ranked in proportion to the top searching Florida market (Jacksonville).

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Who Vacations In Florida?

Tourism is a major driver of the Florida economy. The industry brings in millions of visitors and billions of dollars to Florida every year. Although the recession put a dent in Florida tourism, the visitors are crowding back into Florida again.

We decided to take a look at exactly where all these visitors are visiting from. Below is a map of Google searches for “Florida vacation” over the last decade. The numbers are “normalized” so every state’s search volumes are compared to the state with the most searches (in this case, Florida).

Interesting item of note:

- Florida leads the nation in searches for “Florida Vacation.”

- The Mississippi and Ohio valley regions are more interested in Florida vacations than the more populated Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.