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Kentucky Earns Top Spot In College Basketball Home Attendance

For the 27th time since 1977, Kentucky sits on top of the college basketball home attendance leaders for the 2016-17 season. The Wildcats averaged 23,462 per home game or 102.01% of Rupp Arena’s reported capacity. Syracuse was second at 21,181.

Since moving into Rupp Arena, Kentucky has dominated the attendance landscape with only Syracuse topping them during the 41-year span. The Orange had a stranglehold on the top spot from 1985 through 1995, an eleven-year window where Syracuse averaged a staggering 26,788 over 187 games.

The two schools have dominated the attendance landscape in college basketball, flip-flopping the top spot multiple times throughout the period, most recently in 2015 when Syracuse once again topped Kentucky, averaging 23,854 per home game compared to 23,572 for Kentucky.

Syracuse has a huge advantage by virtue of playing in the Carrier Dome. According to Wiki, the Carrier Dome basketball layout provides the Orangemen with a capacity of 35,446 compared to only 23,500 at Kentucky’s venue of choice, Rupp Arena.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Saint Peter’s, South Carolina State, Sacred Heart, Presbyterian and Grambling make up the bottom five in home game average attendance at 314, 441, 453, 511 and 526 respectively.

2016-17 TOP 25 BASKETBALL HOME ATTENDANCE AVERAGE:

  1. Kentucky | 23,462
  2. Syracuse | 21,181
  3. Louisville | 20,846
  4. North Carolina | 18,067
  5. Creighton | 17,413
  6. Wisconsin | 17,286
  7. Maryland | 16,628
  8. Kansas | 16,395
  9. Indiana | 16,364
  10. NC State | 15,907
  11. Nebraska | 15,427
  12. Arkansas | 15,247
  13. Michigan State | 14,797
  14. BYU | 14,476
  15. Arizona | 14,410
  16. Iowa State | 14,275
  17. Virginia | 14,245
  18. Purdue | 13,819
  19. Marquette | 13,716
  20. Tennessee | 13,637
  21. South Carolina | 13,396
  22. Dayton | 13,018
  23. Iowa | 12,548
  24. Ohio State | 12,324
  25. San Diego State | 12,196

You can find the complete ranking of all 351 Division 1 schools here … NCAA ATTENDANCE. (After opening, click on photo to enlarge)

 

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