Fans Again Make Men's Basketball A National Leader
May 11, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State ranked among the Top 35 in men's basketball attendance for the fifth time in the last six seasons, as the NCAA released attendance figures for the 2011-12 season on Friday.
The Wildcats attracted 12,783 fans per game to 16 home games this past season to rank 25th nationally and third in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas led all league schools with an average of 16,445 fans, which placed 10th in the country, while Iowa State (13,015) ranked just ahead of K-State in 24th place. All 10 Big 12 schools ranked among the nation's Top 75, including seven in the Top 50. Incoming Big 12 member West Virginia placed 41st.
K-State is one of just 14 schools nationally to draw over 12,000 in paid attendance for every regular season home game over the last two seasons, which includes Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan State, New Mexico, Vanderbilt and Creighton. Bramlage Coliseum has been sold out each of the past two seasons.
It was K-State's highest attendance ranking since also placing 25th in 2007-08 with an average of 12,529 fans per game. The school placed 26th in both 2006-07 (12,301) and 2010-11 (12,652), while it was 31st in 2009-10 (11,884). The 12,783 average ranks second in school history behind the 12,978 in the inaugural season of Bramlage Coliseum in 1988-89. Four of the school's top-5 attendance averages have come in the last six years.
Overall, K-State drew 204,527 fans to its 16 home games in 2011-12, which marked the fifth time in the last six seasons that the school has drawn 200,000 or more fans. The total attendance figure included the Dec. 17 game against Alabama, which drew 16,685 fans for the Hy-Vee Wildcat Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., since the department controlled all the ticket and event operations. The 204,527 attendance total is fourth-best in school history. Although not included in the home attendance, the squad also played before a capacity-crowd of 15,004 at Wichita's INTRUST Bank Arena vs. West Virginia on Dec. 8.
In all, the school ranked 28th nationally in overall game attendance with 406,793 fans coming to 33 contests. The figure ranked fifth in the Big 12 behind Kansas (fifth, 682,680), Missouri (20th, 437,717), Baylor (24th, 412,100) and Iowa State (27th, 409,254). The league had six teams in the Top 30 in game attendance, which ranked as the second-most of any league behind the Big Ten's nine schools.
Kentucky led the nation in attendance for the seventh consecutive season and the 16th time in the last 17 seasons with an average attendance of 23,721 in 18 games. Syracuse (23,618), Louisville (21,503), North Carolina (20,159) and Wisconsin (17,181) rounded out the Top 5.
The Big 12 ranked third nationally among conferences with an average of 11,057 fans per game, trailing just the Big Ten (12,868) and Southeastern (11,513). In all, the league drew 1,901,846 fans to 172 contests in 2011-12.
K-State will return at least seven players with starting experience in 2012-13 under new coach Bruce Weber. The Wildcats posted a 22-11 overall record this past season, including a 10-8 mark to finish fifth in Big 12 play, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the last five seasons. It was the school's unprecedented sixth consecutive 20-win season and sixth straight appearance in the postseason.
Fans interested in joining the season ticket wait-list may call the K-State Ticket Office at 800.221.CATS, or visit www.kstatesports.com. Ticket availability will be determined after the season ticket renewal period in June.