We took a look at recently released NCAA attendance numbers for Division-I Men’s Basketball (2014-2015 season) and compared them to last year’s (2013-2014) numbers. The figure for Mason doesn’t really surprise us but, it does give us something to strive for — FILL THE PATRIOT CENTER (EagleBank Arena).
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Within the A-10, Mason wasn’t the only one with large drop in attendance. Saint Louis, although still ranked in the Top 100 in the country, saw a drop in attendance of 20%, tied with Fordham. VCew also saw a drop but, much smaller at just -1.3%.
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Virginia Tech is a good example of what a new coach can do for attendance. The Chokies have a similarly sized arena, Cassell Coliseum, to Mason’s Patriot Center (EagleBank Arena) at 10,000. They saw a jump in Blacksburg of 19% and kept their position in the top 100. It also helps that they play ACC teams every year — people come out when you play ranked opponents. If we see positive numbers this season, it’s a win for Mason.
Local teams UMD, GW and scared-to-play-non-power-five-locals Georgetown all saw increases in attendance this year. Below are a few schools within the A-10, Virginia and the DMV area.
Additional Sources: 2013-2014 NCAA Attendance Data
|School||Total Attendance (2014-2015)||Games||Avg||Change From Last Season (Δ Avg)|
|#61 VCU (aka VCew)||122,202||16||7,638||-1.3%|
|#93 Virginia Tech||103,401||18||5 ,744||+19%|
|#69 Old Dominion||140,072||20||7,004||+21%|
|#99 Rhode Island||86,461||16||5,404||+22%|
|#68 Saint Louis||126,576||18||7,032||-20%|