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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)
George Mason 61,237 15 4,082 -17%
George Washington 47,563 14 3,397 +4%
#61 VCU (aka VCew) 122,202 16 7,638 -1.3%
#45 Georgetown 154,076 16 9,630 +11%
#23 UVA 218,493 16 13,656 +17%
#93 Virginia Tech 103,401 18 5 ,744 +19%
JMU 64,907 19 3,416 -5.4%
#69 Old Dominion 140,072 20 7,004 +21%
Longwood 16,609 13 1,278 +8.0%
#24 Dayton 216,203 17 12,718 +3.3%
Fordham 29,976 16 1,874 -20%
#96 Richmond 111,983 20 5,599 -8.2
Radford 29,309 15 1 ,954 +24%
#99 Rhode Island 86,461 16 5,404 +22%
#25 Maryland 241,197 19 12,695 +1.1%
#68 Saint Louis 126,576 18 7,032  -20%

 

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