UK basketball has highest home game attendance average last season


The University of Kentucky cheerleaders during a game against the Florida Gators on Saturday, February 25, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won the game 76-66. Photo by Carter Gossett | Staff

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Big Blue Nation proved again to be one of college basketball’s most dedicated fan bases on Tuesday, as the NCAA announced that UK had the highest men’s basketball home attendance average out of all NCAA Division I basketball programs.

UK had an average of 23,461 fans attend home games in the 2016-2017 season. A total of 398,850 fans attended the 17 home games in Rupp Arena and 706,331 fans watched the Cats in person at any arena this season according to the report.

UK was only one of three schools to have over 300,000 fans attend home games, with the other two being Louisville (354,390) and Syracuse (444,809). Syracuse played 21 home games compared to UK’s 17.

UK, along with UNC, were the only schools to have over 700,000 fans show up to home, away and neutral games.

The SEC also had the third-highest attendance among the 32 NCAA Division I conferences. The Big Ten and ACC finished ahead of the SEC.

This is the 19th time in the past 22 years that Kentucky has had the highest home attendance average. Ever since Rupp Arena opened in 1976, UK has had either the first or second highest home attendance average.

UK’s women’s basketball program also had the 14th highest average home attendance in women’s Division I basketball. The Cats averaged 5,213 fans per home game in the 2016-2017 season