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Arizona's Attendance Figures Still Best in the West
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/28/2012
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March 28, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. - When it comes to a home court advantage, few fan bases anywhere have built a better one than at the University of Arizona's McKale Center, where fans continue to fill the facility at an enviable rate.

Over the last six seasons (2006-07 to 2011-12), the Wildcat men's basketball team has drawn a total of 1,399,955 fans for an average of 13,861 in 101 home dates. In that span, Arizona is the only school in the western half of the United States to rank in the top 20 in attendance in each of those seasons (final 2011-12 rankings will not be available until mid-April).

"One of the wonderful things about the University of Arizona is the passion our fans have for our programs across the board," said UA director of athletics Greg Byrne. "Our men's basketball attendance is just another great example of that passion and support."

Of the 10 arenas in the Western U.S. with capacities of 12,000 or higher (Oregon's Matthew Knight Arena was excluded because it opened in Jan. 2011), Arizona's seating capacity of 14,545 ranks sixth in the region, yet its cumulative attendance and average ranks third, meaning Cat fans fill McKale Center far more efficiently and consistently, as it's 95 percent of capacity figure easily outdistances other facilities that are on average 62-percent full.

School (capacity)	    G	Attendance	  Avg.	% cap
ARIZONA (14,545) 	  101	1,399,955	13,861	  95
Brigham Young (22,700)	   97	1,368,898	14,112	  62
Fresno State (15,544)	   99	  877,014	 8,860	  57
New Mexico (18,018)	  105	1,465,391	13,956	  77
New Mexico State (12,482) 105	  689,912	 6,571	  53
San Diego State (12,414)   96	  854,352	 8,900	  72
UCLA (12,819)   	  104	  917,753	 8,825   +67
UNLV (19,522)   	  114	1,474,396	12,933	  66
Utah (15,000)   	   92	  841,582	 9,148	  61
Weber State (12,000)	   88	  448,548	 5,097	  42

In a time of transition for Arizona, where four head coaches have served in that six-season span, no program in the West has filled its arena more consistently, as Arizona is the only school above whose percent of capacity has not dipped below 93 percent of capacity. In fact, UA's low point in those six seasons is still more than 20 percent better than its nearest competitor.

In fact, Arizona's percent of capacity is so strong that it rates more than favorably against college basketball's attendance leaders. Of the five top-finishing schools in the NCAA's men's basketball attendance listings from 2007-2011 (Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, North Carolina, Tennessee), only one of those programs - Kentucky - has a higher percent of capacity than Arizona.

School (capacity)	G	Attendance	  Avg.	% cap
Kentucky (23,000)	104	2,418,261	23,253	 101
ARIZONA (14,545)	101	1,399,955	13,861	  95
Louisville (22,000)	115	2,307,141	20,062	 +94
North Carolina (21,750)	100	1,983,213	19,832	  91
Tennessee (21,678)	100	1,908,215	19,082	  88
Syracuse (34,616)	120	2,614,331	21,786	  63

+ Louisville moved from Freedom Hall (18,865) to the KFC Yum! Center (22,000) in 2008-09. UCLA played home games in two different facilities in 2011-12 due to renovations to Pauley Pavilion. The listed percent of capacity reflects those changes.

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