Overall attendance for men’s college basketball rose slightly for the 2014-15 season, compared with the 2013-14 season, the NCAA announced on Monday.
According to the NCAA, more than 32.5 million fans attended games overall in Divisions I, II and III, an increase of only 480 fans over the 2013-2014 season.
Attendance for Division I games was down from 2013-2014, but the NCAA said that the 27.4 million who did watch games in the upper-tier of the NCAA accounted for the ninth-highest total in history.
The NCAA also said that more than 739,000 fans attended the 2015 NCAA tournament.
“NCAA college basketball attendance remains remarkably consistent across the country and all three NCAA divisions, as fans and alumni support their favorite teams from the largest arenas to the smallest gyms,” NCAA vice president for men’s basketball championships Dan Gavitt said.
The Big Ten led all conferences in overall average attendance for the 39th straight year, followed by Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference, Big 12 Conference and Big East Conference
Syracuse had the highest average attendance for the second consecutive year with an average of 23,854 fans attending each home game. Syracuse’s Carrier Dome has the highest arena capacity of any Division I institution.
Kentucky did lead the nation in total home and overall attendance, as more than 845,000 fans came to see the Wildcats at home, on the road and in neutral sites. NCAA runner-up Wisconsin was second on the list and national champion Duke placed third.
- Scooby Axson