For the seventh straight season and 16th time in 17 years, UK led the nation in average home attendance, the NCAA announced on Thursday. Fans packed Rupp Arena to the tune of 23,721 per game, well over Rupp's capacity of 23,000. Kentucky was actually third in the nation in total attendance at 426,978, but played one fewer home game than first-place Syracuse and second-place Louisville.
UK also made NCAA history by breaking the all-time all-game attendance record held by Syracuse since 1989. For Kentucky's 40 home, road and neutral games, 885,953 were in attendance (22,148 per game), eclipsing the previous record 855,053 by over 30,000.
Between the championship, Anthony Davis' stellar season and fans coming out in droves to watch, it certainly was an historic year.
From UK Athletics, thank you to all the fans who came out and supported the Cats.