It Puts the People in the Chairs

Posted by cwilliams on October 18th, 2011

One of the things I most enjoy about college basketball is the often-huge discrepancy between the powerhouses and the bottom-dwellers. This is most apparent in NCAA attendance figures. So, while BYU averaged 18,714 fans per game in 2011, Colgate averaged 628. Colgate’s total home attendance of 2011 was 7,537. Statistically speaking, BYU doubled Colgate’s entire 2011 season attendance in one home game. This is not to pick on Colgate at all, as there are many schools in this exact situation, and most comparisons of mid-majors to big-time programs will be lopsided in such a way. Today, I’ll examine the Big 12 attendance rankings of 2011. When you read this, remember that these statistics are more than just numbers. They tell a story and describe a season.

Kansas Wins the Attendance Battle Again

The following list shows each Big 12 schools 2010-11 home average and total home attendance.  Attendance figures courtesy of NCAA.

  1. Kansas: Average attendance – 16,436. Total attendance – 295,856.
  2. Texas: Average attendance – 13, 669. Total attendance - 246,044.
  3. Kansas State: Average attendance - 12,652. Total attendance - 227,738.
  4. Iowa State: Average attendance – 12,110. Total attendance – 230,097.
  5. Missouri: Average attendance – 11, 112. Total attendance – 200,022.
  6.  Oklahoma State: Average attendance – 10,447. Total attendance – 167,144.
  7. Texas A&M: Average attendance – 9,000. Total attendance – 153,001.
  8. Oklahoma: Average attendance – 8,563. Total attendance – 137,013.
  9. Texas Tech: Average attendance – 8,513. Total attendance – 153,231.
  10. Baylor: Average attendance – 6,994. Total attendance – 125,899.
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