The NCAA released official 2014-2015 basketball attendance numbers today and, no big surprise, the Syracuse Orange can lay claim to the No. 1 per-game average in the nation.
Syracuse led the country in average home attendance with 23,854. Kentucky 2nd with 23,572. UofL 3rd at 21,386 pic.twitter.com/iFzFubrtCv— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) July 6, 2015
We already knew this back when the season ended but it's still impressive for several reasons. First, Syracuse had their worst season in a long time and did so under the weight of NCAA sanctions and a post-season ban. That Orange fans continued to show up in support despite all of that speaks volumes about the fanbase.
Second, we finished first despite dropping from 26,253 the previous year. Clearly the Carrier Dome provides a lot of wiggle room compared to every other home arena in the nation.
The Kentucky Wildcats led the nation in total home attendance (437,874) while Syracuse came in second place (429,378), followed by the Louisville Cardinals (406,338). Both Kentucky and Louisville had one more home game (19) than Syracuse (18).
Now if only some of those Syracuse fans would stick around for the women's games.