Men's Basketball Attendance Increase Finishes Second in Nation
July 7, 2005
Seattle-Washington men's basketball ranked second in 2004-05 with the largest increase in attendance among all Division I teams. The Huskies attracted 2,110 more fans per game last season than it did in the 2003-04 season. There were only 16 other Division I teams that saw an increase in attendance from the previous year of more that 1,000 fans per game. Virginia Tech led the nation with an increase of 3,063 more fans per game.
'This is a great reflection of our success from the men's basketball program, as well as the fan support from the community,' says Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions Leslie Wurzberger.
The Huskies also finished 45th overall in total attendance among Division I teams. UW averaged 9,880 fans a game, in their 15 home games last season, with a total of 148,201 spectators who filled the bleachers of Bank of America Arena. The only other team from the Pac-10 who finished in the top-50 was Arizona who finished 12th with a total of 232,926 fans over 16 home games, with an average of 14,577 fans a game. Syracuse led the nation with a total of 413,605 fans during their 18 home games, averaging 22,978 fans a game.
'When Bank of America Arena first opened, we set a goal to sell out men's basketball on a regular basis,' said Wurzberger. 'It is exciting to see our goal become a reality--it has been a part of a strategic plan over time.'
Washington sold out 10 of its 15 home games last season, including all nine Pac-10 contests. That is six more sellouts than the previous single-season record of four established in 1999. UW's total home attendance of 148,201 is the highest in school history surpassing the 1953 squad's recorded of 147,959. The average of 9,880 fans is the second highest in school history, trailing only the mark of 9,954 from 1953.
*Information and statistics gathered from The NCAA News, June 20, 2005.