Indiana ranks 9th nationally in attendance for 2016-2017 season

  • 04/14/2017 10:40 am in

Indiana men’s basketball finished ninth nationally in average attendance during the 2016-2017 season according to recently published numbers by the NCAA.

The Hoosiers drew an average of 16,364 fans per game over 18 games at Assembly Hall for a total of 294,549.

That number was third in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin, which averaged 17,286 fans over 17 home games and Maryland, which averaged 16,628 fans over 18 home dates.

Indiana averaged 17,106 fans per game during the 2015-2016 season, which ranked seventh nationally.

Assembly Hall’s capacity is 17,472.

Indiana finished fifth nationally in attendance for the 2012-2013 season with an average of 17,412 fans per game, sixth in 2013-2014 with an average attendance of 17,359 and eighth in 2014-2015 with an average of 16,288 fans per game.

The top five schools last season for average attendance with Kentucky (23,462), Syracuse (21,181), Louisville (20,846), North Carolina (18,067) and Creighton (17,413).

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  • IULore

    I wish they had found a way to get some more seats in AH

  • Scott Matlock

    This year’s number was really brought down by the late-season drop in attendance, I’d imagine.

  • The steadily decreasing attendance had to be a worry for Fred Glass. Might have been a factor in the coaching change, maybe?

  • pcantidote

    Rupp averages 23K fans and sounds like 2,300.

  • If I had to guess, it was most likely a factor. Everything’s related, of course — win more and fans are more engaged and the seats are filled. Win less, and… well…

  • IdahoHoosier

    This is a question of ignorance, but is the decline in IU’s national attendance ranking affected by any recent renovations or new facilities at other schools? Just wondering if any of those top 10 attendance schools have made changes that allow for bigger crowds. So IU can never really be a top 5 attendance school with the 17,000+ capacity at AH.

  • Brad

    The decline in attendance is because of the poor product that was put on the floor. We had many games that were not sell outs and towards the end of the year it was getting embarrassing. Watch those attendance numbers turn around really quickly. There will be a lot of positive buzz for at least the the next 2-3 years, if Archie gets it turned around quickly then we have nothing to worry about attendance wise.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I don’t disagree with your assessment, but that wasn’t what my question/comment was about. I was referring to the ranking, not the actual attendance number or why it dropped. I wondered if any schools surpassed IU in average attendance ranking over the last several years due to newer, bigger facilities. IU’s capacity is only 17,000+ so naturally IU will never be top 5 or so in attendance due to limited capacity.

  • Looks like our only chance is a #5 place, if we pack AH and take over from Creighton.

  • N71

    I’m not sure if we were sold out but people just didn’t make the trip because we blew or if we fell short in revenue. Regardless the venue is still tops. I’ve recently been to UNC and Phog Allen just last week and we’re right there with Kansas and Butler and better I think than UNC. Louisville and Wisconsin essentially play in pro facilities, not my cup of tea. Kentucky is off campus and connected to a mall and hotel, odd. Still need to check out Duke and UCLA.

  • Outoftheloop

    How can Creighton surpass IU in attendance??

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  • pcantidote

    More people went to their games than ours.

  • gokartmozart89

    Assembly Hall has fewer seats than Syracuse, UK, Louisville, and UNC’s respective venues.

  • calbert40

    Their arena is larger (approx 1000 more seats than AH), so when they sell out, it makes a big difference.

  • TomJameson

    Exactly. And, Creighton fans are very loyal too. At least they used to be. They’d always have one of the largest, and noisiest, contingences coming to play at the Aces.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I got that from the article. How many other venues are larger than IU’s? And my question was if anyone knows of any schools that have relatively recently upgraded or built new venues (with larger capacities) that helped surpass a school like IU in “average attendance”?

  • IdahoHoosier

    To partially answer my own question, it appears that IU’s is the 20th largest capacity arena currently in use in Division 1 basketball. So that puts things in a little perspective.

  • Piker

    Very nice for Arena size and year we had.

  • Guyton25

    I want to see the numbers based on % of capacity over the past few years. (Too lazy and don’t care enough to look it up on my own though). I expected this last season to have low numbers in that regard because of how ticked off people were.