UK Hoops Among Nation's Top Attendance Leaders

May 12, 2009

Lexington, Ky. – Kentucky women's basketball finished 21st nationally in average attendance according to the official attendance rankings kept by the NCAA. It marked the sixth straight season the Wildcats have ranked in the top 25 nationally and in the Southeastern Conference's top four.

UK Hoops averaged 4,423 fans in 17 home games during the 2008-09 season, including 5,425 fans per game in seven SEC contests. The only SEC schools with higher attendance averages were nationally-ranked Tennessee (1st – 13,999) and Vanderbilt (18th – 4,759).

Kentucky saw a season-high attendance of 6,868 in its 69-59 win over No. 13/19 Tennessee on Feb. 19. It marked the 10th-highest attendance total in Memorial Coliseum history.

“The fan support at Kentucky is like no other place in the country,” UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell said. “Our fans mean so much to us and we know every game, home or away, they will be there for us. There is so much excitement for Kentucky basketball right now and we can't wait for the 2009-10 season to begin.”

Rank Team Games Total Average
1. Tennessee 15 209,991 13,999
2. Connecticut 20 210,273 10,514
3. Iowa St. 16 156,057 9,754
4. Oklahoma 17 153,116 9,007
5. Purdue 15 134,559 8,971
6. Texas Tech 18 154,367 8,576
7. Maryland 15 123,271 8,218
8. New Mexico 22 163,230 7,420
9. Notre Dame 14 100,355 7,168
10. Louisville 16 110,063 6,879
11. Duke 14 93,174 6,655
12. Baylor 16 104,925 6,558
13. Minnesota 15 87,501 5,833
14. Michigan St. 16 89,518 5,595
15. Wisconsin 17 92,517 5,442
16. Texas 16 84,600 5,288
17. Texas A&M 14 73,578 5,256
18. Vanderbilt 16 76,150 4,759
19. Missouri St. 14 66,498 4,750
20. Kansas St. 14 64,743 4,625
21. Kentucky 17 75,194 4,423
22. Penn St. 14 60,567 4,326
23. Georgia 14 58,839 4,203
24. Auburn 12 49,429 4,119
25. Kansas 20 82,172 4,109