K-State Again Ranks Among National Attendance Leaders

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– Kansas State once again has placed among the national leaders in men’s basketball attendance, as the Wildcats ranked 32nd in average attendance for the recently completed 2015-16 season.

The ranking marked the ninth time in the last 10 seasons that K-State has placed among the Top 35 in men’s basketball attendance, including the seventh consecutive year.

The Wildcats attracted 11,903 fans per game to 18 home games this past season to rank 32nd nationally and fourth in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas led all league schools with an average of 16,436 fans, which placed ninth in the country, while Iowa State (14,270) and Texas (12,828) also ranked in the Top 30 at No. 16 and No. 26, respectively. In all, seven Big 12 schools ranked among the Top 60.

The 11,903 average ranks 10th in school history with nine of the school’s Top 10 attendance averages coming since 2006-07. Overall, K-State drew 214,252 fans to its 18 home games in 2015-16, which marked the ninth time in the last 10 seasons that the school has drawn 200,000 or more fans. The total attendance figure ranked 27th nationally.

K-State has now placed among the Top 35 in national attendance 14 times since the rankings started in 1970. The school ranked a program-best 10th in 1969-70 (11,790) and was 21st in 1979-80 (10,804) and 22nd in 1977-78 (11,055) and 1981-82 (10,832). In the past 10 years, the program has been rated 24th in 2012-13 (12,528), 25th in 2007-08 (12,529) and 2011-12 (12,783), 26th in 2006-07 (12,301), 2010-11 (12,652) and 2014-15 (12,549), 29th in 2013-14 (12,125) and 31st in 2009-10 (11,884) in the rankings.

Kentucky led the nation in attendance with an average of 23,361 fans per game, while Syracuse (21,592), Louisville (20,859), North Carolina (18,326) and Maryland (17,863) rounded out the Top 5.

The Big 12 ranked fourth nationally among all conference with an average of 10,124 fans per game, trailing the Big Ten (12,555), SEC (11,144) and ACC (11,131). In all, the league drew 1,795,766 fans to 173 contests in 2015-16.

Kansas State was one of 16 schools nationally and one of three Big 12 schools (Iowa State and Texas) to have both its men’s and women’s basketball programs finish in the Top 35 nationally in attendance in 2015-16, as the Wildcats finished 21st in women’s attendance with an average of 4,508 fans. It was the highest average for the women’s basketball team since 2008-09.

Other schools on the list included Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio State, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.