What was Stanford's overall attendance like this year? It would seem to me it would make a huge difference, especially considering the daily rush-hour traffic in the area and the game starting at something like 5:30 PT. I see why FOX does it that way, most years the Big Ten will be a bigger TV draw than the Pac-12 so the Pac gets stuck with Friday, but what a middle-finger that is to the fans that want to go to the game.
Don't recall if Oregon sold every seat or not. I know a couple people up here who have tickets, and they ended up having to take the day off of work to go. It's one thing for a regular season game on a Thursday or Friday, since you know that months ahead, but with this you only have a few days.
Respectable for the most part (https://en.wikipedia...l_football_team). I think a big factor regardless of the day of the week is how relevant the game is. If the national championship isn't impacted and host team plays in the Rose Bowl somewhat often, there's not as much incentive. Not a home game, but many FSU fans stayed home from the ACC CG because they wanted to save up for the Rose Bowl.
Looks like Oregon oversold the year before on Friday (https://en.wikipedia...ampionship_Game).
You do know in many cases, whether you have a good chance to host it or not a few weeks out. And worst case scenario, you know the Saturday night before for the following Friday night. Not saying it's ideal, but I think Stanford could've drawn better than they did and I'm not convinced they would've come close to selling out if pushed back a day -- I have a hard time believing that they would've sold 10-20k more tickets by pushing it back a day. I'm thinking it would be more like 5-10k.