Kentucky Fans Earn Special Distinction in 2008

Jan. 13, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky fans have always been known for their support of UK Athletics and in 2008 they proved why they are one of the elite fan bases in the entire country. Kentucky is one of only two schools in the 2008 calendar year to rank in the top 25 nationally in attendance for football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball, according to attendance figures recently finalized by the NCAA. Texas was the only other school to accomplish the feat.

“We have great fans who are passionate about the Wildcats,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “This is a tribute to their tremendous support of the program.”

More than a million fans clad in blue and white filled the arenas and stadiums for those sports during 2008, helping the Wildcats to yet another banner athletic year. For the third straight season, men’s basketball led the nation in attendance with an average of 22,554 fans per game. Football ranked 23rd with a 69,434 average, women’s basketball ranked 23rd with 4,764 fans per game and baseball ranked 25th with an average of 2,134.

Record-setting crowds filled the seats several times in 2008. In football, UK’s average of 69,434 per game is the highest in school history, the second-straight year that mark was broken. In baseball, UK set Cliff Hagan Stadium attendance records for single-game attendance (4,009 vs. Louisville), three-game series attendance (8,238 vs. Florida) and single-game Southeastern Conference attendance (3,036 vs. Florida).