Men's Basketball Third in Increased Attendance
BATON ROUGE – The NCAA announced men’s basketball attendance figures on Wednesday as college basketball attendance around the nation topped 32 million for the 10th straight year.
The LSU Tigers with 18 home games, was 35th in the country in average attendance at 11,382 for the year, posting the third largest increase in home attendance in Division I this past season.
The Tigers increase of 2,485 (11,382 in 2016 compared to 8,897 in 2015) was topped only by Maryland (5,169) and Alabama (2,934). LSU was one of 43 Division I schools to average 10,000 or more in paid attendance this past season.
The Southeastern Conference finished second in the country in total average attendance for its 240 games at 11,144, an increase of 325 from last season. In fact, the SEC was only one of two conferences in the top 12 in the country (along with the Pac-12) to show an increase in average attendance from 2015-to-2016.
Four of LSU’s games posted sellout paid numbers above the 13,215-attendance and eight of LSU’s home games are now in the top 20 in single-game attendance in the current seating configuration which lowered the seating capacity in 2006.
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