K-State Again Ranks Among Leaders in Attendance

The Wildcats attracted the second-highest average attendance in school history in 2010-11 with 12,652 fans per game.

April 29, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s men’s basketball team ranked among the Top 35 in attendance for the fourth time in five seasons, as the NCAA released attendance figures for the 2010-11 season.


The Wildcats attracted 12,652 fans per game to 18 home games this past season to rank 26th nationally and third in the Big 12 Conference.  Kansas led all league schools with average of 16,436 fans, which placed ninth in the country, while Texas (13,669) ranked just ahead of K-State in 21st place.  All 12 Big 12 schools ranked among in the nation’s Top 100, including eight in the Top 50.


It was K-State’s highest ranking since placing 25th in 2007-08 with an average of 12,529 fans per game.  In 2009-10, the school placed 31st in attendance with 11,884 fans per game, while it was also 26th (12,301) in 2006-07.  The 12,652 average ranks second in school history behind the 12,978 in 1988-89.  Three of the school’s top-5 attendance averages have come in the last five years. 


Overall, K-State drew a total of 227,738 fans to its 18 home games in 2010-11, which marked the fourth time in the last five seasons that the school has drawn 200,000 or more fans.  The total attendance figure included the Dec. 21 game against UNLV, which drew 18,422 fans at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., since the department controlled all the ticket and event operations.  The 227,738 attendance total is the best in school history, surpassing the previous high of 212,987 in 2007-08.  The team recorded sellouts in 15 of 17 games at Bramlage Coliseum, including all eight Big 12 contests.  The 15 sellouts ranked second in the league behind Kansas (18).


In all, the school ranked 24th nationally in all games attendance with 443,296 fans coming to 34 contests.  The figure ranked third in the Big 12 behind Kansas (559,203) and Texas (492,936).


Kentucky led the nation in attendance for the sixth consecutive season and the 15th time in the last 16 seasons with an average attendance of 23,603 in 15 games.  Syracuse (22,312), Louisville (21,832), North Carolina (19,144) and Tennessee (18,952) rounded out the Top 5. 


The Big 12 ranked fourth nationally among conferences with an average of 10,716 fans per game, trailing just the Big Ten (12,826), Big East (11,323) and Southeastern (11,187).  In all, the league drew 2,368,326 fans to 221 contests in 2010-11, which was just shy of the record 2,374,927 set during the 2007-08 season.     


Kansas State posted 20 wins for a school-record fifth consecutive season in 2010-11, as the Wildcats tallied a 23-11 overall record and a 10-6 mark in Big 12 play en route to their third trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last four seasons.  The school has advanced to the postseason in five straight seasons for the first time in school history.