NCAA Basketball Attendance, 2017 Week Eight: An All-Time Record!


In three years, not once have we ever reported a sub-50 attendance game. But a first for all of us this week. The lowest attended NCAA Basketball game since at least 2015.  With that, it was no surprise that attendance was down almost 400 people per game.  Let’s take a look:

Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 42 (Season total: 386)

Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week:

 

  1. Presbyterian vs Radford – Presbyterian’s second straight appearance at the number three spot on the attendance list. This week, with only 301 in attendance to see the Blue Hose take on the Highlanders of Radford. Luckily for all of us, the game was televised online on Big South Network (surely causing plenty of Blue Hose fans to stay at home and watch in the comfort of their own home instead of dealing with the headache that is Presbyterian basketball traffic). Radford took the road win 78-62, disappointing dozens of viewers.

  1. Nicholls vs Incarnate Word– Nicholls’ third straight week in the two spot, this time with a Division I opponent.  With Incarnate Word in town from San Antonio, only 203 showed up to see the Colonels defeat the Cardinals 77-60.
  1. Southern vs Ecclesia – Both of those games pale in comparison to what Southern had in attendance last week.  This was Southern’s third consecutive year of playing Ecclesia, having drawn 319 in 2015, 121 in 2016 and this year.. was a lot worse. The lowest attendance of ANY NCAA Basketball game since at least 2014 (when we started tracking this stuff).  Southern drew a miserable 45 people to see the 98-57 Jaguars victory.  This was 10% below the second lowest attended game, a 2015 Alcorn State game against Louisiana College. The most unfortunate part? The poor Twitter guy at Southern even politely asked for people to show up, knowing the game wouldn’t be a huge draw:

 

So now, what happened to everyone else? Let’s go ahead with the miscellany:

Biggest group of people to see a loss at home this week: BYU (vs St. Mary’s) 16,212.

Smallest group of people to see a win at home  this week: Southern (vs Ecclesia), 45.

Smallest Power 5 Conference attendance: Penn State (vs Coppin State), 4,512.

Average attendance this week: 4,850 (down 397 [7.6%] from last week)

 

And as always, your full attendance numbers for the week:

DateConferenceHome TeamHome ScoreAway TeamAway ScoreAttendanceVenueCapacity% Full
12/29/2017SWACSouthern98Ecclesia College5745F. G. Clark Activity Center75000.6%
12/30/2017SouthlandNicholls77Incarnate Word60203Stopher Gymnasium38005.3%
12/30/2017Big SouthPresbyterian62Radford78301Ross E. Templeton P.E. Center230013.1%
12/29/2017NortheastBryant54Robert Morris68305Chace Athletic Center270011.3%
12/28/2017SouthlandNicholls87Northwestern St46333Stopher Gymnasium38008.8%
12/30/2017Atlantic SunUSC Upstate80N Greenville59366Hodge Center87841.7%
12/31/2017NortheastSt Francis (BKN)82Wagner75407Pope Physical Education Center200020.4%
12/31/2017NortheastBryant82St Francis (PA)86416Chace Athletic Center270015.4%
12/30/2017Big SouthCharleston So84Longwood43426CSU Field House88148.4%
12/30/2017MEACNC Central75St. Andrews55431McDougald-McLendon Arena350012.3%
12/28/2017Atlantic SunJacksonville81Mid Georgia St60457Swisher Gymnasium150030.5%
12/29/2017Patriot LeagueBoston U90Army82503Case Gym180027.9%
12/30/2017America EastUNH83Dartmouth66511Lundholm Gymnasium65017.9%
12/31/2017MEACMD-E Shore74Central Penn69517Hytche Arena55009.4%
12/31/2017Summit LeagueW Illinois91Lincoln57523Western Hall513910.2%
12/28/2017SouthlandNew Orleans77Abil Christian74528Lakefront Arena100005.3%
12/30/2017SouthernThe Citadel79W Carolina81546McAlister Field House60009.1%
12/30/2017Western AthleticUT Rio Grande80Hampton69546UTRGV Fieldhouse250021.8%
12/28/2017SouthlandCent Arkansas81Texas A&M-CC69548Farris Center60009.1%
12/30/2017Conference USAFIU58FAU57589FIU Arena60009.8%
12/31/2017NortheastLIU Brooklyn71Mt St Mary's57597Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center250023.9%
12/30/2017SouthlandHouston Baptist57New Orleans64602Sharp Gymnasium150040.1%
12/28/2017Big SkyN Arizona69Montana87604J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome162303.7%
12/31/2017Ohio ValleySE Missouri St77Tennessee St65615Show Me Center69728.8%
12/29/2017Patriot LeagueLoyola (MD)72Navy63623Reitz Arena300020.8%
12/30/2017SouthernVMI57Furman87637Cameron Hall502012.7%
12/30/2017Big SkyN Arizona73Montana State76681J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome162304.2%
12/28/2017SouthlandSE Louisiana73SF Austin62693University Center (LA)75009.2%
12/29/2017NortheastLIU Brooklyn71Fair Dickinson82697Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center250027.9%
12/31/2017America EastUMBC85Centenary41697RAC Arena402417.3%
12/31/2017SouthlandCent Arkansas69SE Louisiana73731Farris Center600012.2%
12/28/2017SouthlandMcNeese85Incarnate Word62743Burton Coliseum650011.4%
12/30/2017Western AthleticSeattle95UC Riverside71833Connolly Center99983.4%
12/31/2017MAACNiagara76Rider99870Gallagher Center240036.3%
12/31/2017Sun BeltAppalachian St80UT Arlington76891Holmes Convocation Center832510.7%
12/28/2017Summit LeagueFort Wayne99Olivet College93919Hilliard Gates Sports Center230040.0%
12/31/2017Big SkyN Colorado81Idaho77960Bank of Colorado Arena450021.3%
12/29/2017MAACNiagara93Iona98966Gallagher Center240040.3%
12/31/2017MAACCanisius85Iona78969Koessler Athletic Center217644.5%
12/30/2017Horizon LeagueMilwaukee87Detroit Mercy79986UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena127007.8%
12/30/2017Big WestUC Davis89Holy Names62996The Pavilion (UC Davis)792612.6%
12/30/2017SouthlandMcNeese72Northwestern St63997Burton Coliseum650015.3%
12/30/2017Summit LeagueFort Wayne92Concordia (MI)591003Hilliard Gates Sports Center230043.6%
12/30/2017Ohio ValleyJacksonville St76Morehead State691011Pete Mathews Coliseum530019.1%
12/31/2017Big SouthC. Carolina48Texas State531021The HTC Center321231.8%
12/29/2017Big SkyN Colorado88E Washington751047Bank of Colorado Arena450023.3%
12/29/2017MAACCanisius77Rider761049Koessler Athletic Center217648.2%
12/29/2017Sun BeltAppalachian St66Texas State621058Holmes Convocation Center832512.7%
12/30/2017SouthernSamford73Chattanooga561067Pete Hanna Center497421.5%
12/30/2017Big WestUCSB81Pacific Union491101The Thunderdome651216.9%
12/28/2017MAACFairfield70St Peter's611112Webster Bank Arena1000011.1%
12/29/2017MACE Michigan67Rochester (MI)481124Convocation Center (MI)882412.7%
12/30/2017SouthlandAbil Christian75Sam Houston721125Moody Coliseum (Abilene)460024.5%
12/30/2017Summit LeagueSouth Dakota St111Presentation College681129Frost Arena650017.4%
12/30/2017Conference USAUTSA71North Texas721130UTSA Convocation Center408027.7%
12/28/2017Ohio ValleyJacksonville St76E Kentucky581137Pete Mathews Coliseum530021.5%
12/28/2017Western AthleticUMKC89Avila581145Municipal Auditorium (MO)730015.7%
12/28/2017Conference USAUTSA79Rice661163UTSA Convocation Center408028.5%
12/30/2017Big SouthWinthrop76High Point601168Winthrop Coliseum610019.1%
12/30/2017Atlantic SunKennesaw State74Yale891200KSU Convocation Center479225.0%
12/29/2017NortheastCent Conn St72St Francis (PA)681219William H. Detrick Gymnasium265445.9%
12/29/2017Big SouthC. Carolina90UT Arlington651223The HTC Center321238.1%
12/30/2017Big SouthGardner-Webb58Liberty551250Paul Porter Arena500025.0%
12/30/2017Big SkySouthern Utah49Montana791263America First Events Center530023.8%
12/28/2017Ohio ValleySE Missouri St72Belmont941310Show Me Center697218.8%
12/28/2017Horizon LeagueMilwaukee68Oakland761312UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena1270010.3%
12/30/2017Ohio ValleyUT Martin58Belmont651347Skyhawk Arena500026.9%
12/30/2017Ivy LeagueColumbia83Maine711376Levien Gymnasium340840.4%
12/30/2017Mountain WestSan Jose State52Colorado State591385Event Center (San Jose St.)500027.7%
12/30/2017Atlantic 10La Salle83Saint Louis601437Tom Gola Arena400035.9%
12/28/2017Big SkySouthern Utah99Montana State1041472America First Events Center530027.8%
12/29/2017Patriot LeagueHoly Cross74Colgate791484Hart Center360041.2%
12/31/2017The AmericanTulane56Tulsa651518Devlin Fieldhouse360042.2%
12/30/2017West CoastSan Diego74Pepperdine661521Jenny Craig Pavilion510029.8%
12/30/2017MAACManhattan61Fairfield581523Draddy Gymnasium234564.9%
12/30/2017Colonial AthleticElon90Drexel751543Alumni Gym (Elon University)158597.4%
12/27/2017Western AthleticGrand Canyon100Morgan State741544GCU Arena700022.1%
12/31/2017Big SkyNorth Dakota64E Washington771548Betty Engelstad Sioux Center330046.9%
12/29/2017Big SkyNorth Dakota57Idaho741597Betty Engelstad Sioux Center330048.4%
12/30/2017Big SouthUNC Asheville85Campbell791598Kimmel Arena320049.9%
12/31/2017Sun BeltSouth Alabama69Ga Southern671612Mitchell Center1004116.1%
12/31/2017Sun BeltLittle Rock71UL Monroe621632Jack Stephens Center560029.1%
12/28/2017Ohio ValleyTenn Tech69Morehead State671638Hooper Eblen Center928217.6%
12/28/2017Ohio ValleyAustin Peay78SIUE581648Winfield Dunn Center725722.7%
12/29/2017Patriot LeagueLafayette74Lehigh791673Kirby Sports Center400041.8%
12/29/2017Sun BeltLittle Rock63Louisiana771688Jack Stephens Center560030.1%
12/29/2017NortheastWagner76Mt St Mary's571722Spiro Sports Center210082.0%
12/29/2017MAACMarist63Siena581737McCann Arena320054.3%
12/30/2017Summit LeagueOral Roberts93Omaha741767Mabee Center1130015.6%
12/29/2017Sun BeltSouth Alabama86Georgia State641788Mitchell Center1004117.8%
12/28/2017SouthlandLamar86Houston Baptist681800Montagne Center1008017.9%
12/31/2017Sun BeltTroy68Georgia State661835Trojan Arena400045.9%
12/30/2017Summit LeagueNorth Dakota St99Jamestow501842Scheels Center600030.7%
12/28/2017MAACQuinnipiac78Monmouth761897TD Bank Sports Center357053.1%
12/30/2017Missouri ValleyLoyola-Chicago66Evansville591914Joseph J. Gentile Center448642.7%
12/28/2017MACBowling Green97Lourdes561927Stroh Center470041.0%
12/29/2017MACCent Michigan91Lawrence Tech731947McGuirk Arena530036.7%
12/30/2017West CoastPortland61San Francisco842007Chiles Center485241.4%
12/28/2017Ohio ValleyUT Martin63Tennessee St602009Skyhawk Arena500040.2%
12/27/2017Ivy LeaguePenn105Delaware State522011The Palestra872223.1%
12/30/2017Big WestLong Beach St77Texas A&M-Intl592051Walter Pyramid500041.0%
12/30/2017Ohio ValleyAustin Peay70E Illinois542051Winfield Dunn Center725728.3%
12/31/2017Sun BeltArkansas State78Louisiana882076ASU Convocation Center1047519.8%
12/30/2017Atlantic 10G Washington70Saint Joe's642225Charles E. Smith Center433851.3%
12/28/2017The AmericanUSF60Houston792273USF Sun Dome1041121.8%
12/29/2017MACAkron86Concord492283James A. Rhodes Arena550041.5%
12/28/2017Horizon LeagueGreen Bay95UL Lafayette832284Resch Center1020022.4%
12/30/2017Colonial AthleticJMU70Northeastern812308JMU Convocation Center715632.3%
12/29/2017Ivy LeaguePenn72Toledo852316The Palestra872226.6%
12/30/2017Summit LeagueSouth Dakota82Denver712334Sanford Coyote Sports Center600038.9%
12/29/2017Sun BeltTroy80Ga Southern862361Trojan Arena400059.0%
12/30/2017MACW Michigan92Chicago State712364University Arena (MI)542143.6%
12/30/2017SouthernUNCG71Wofford672420Greensboro Coliseum2127311.4%
12/31/2017Missouri ValleyValparaiso50Missouri State672440Athletics-Recreation Center500048.8%
12/28/2017Colonial AthleticDelaware97Cornell962450Bob Carpenter Center500049.0%
12/30/2017America EastBinghamton113Elmira652466Events Center (Binghamton)514248.0%
12/30/2017SouthlandTexas A&M-CC72Lamar772472American Bank Center1000024.7%
12/30/2017Atlantic 10Duquesne70Dayton622572A.J. Palumbo Center440658.4%
12/28/2017America EastAlbany78Kent State682579SEFCU Arena453856.8%
12/30/2017Ohio ValleyTenn Tech77E Kentucky692596Hooper Eblen Center928228.0%
12/28/2017Missouri ValleyDrake66Bradley642611The Knapp Center715236.5%
12/30/2017Horizon LeagueGreen Bay80Oakland792683Resch Center1020026.3%
12/29/2017Patriot LeagueBucknell84American U552782Sojka Pavilion400069.6%
12/28/2017Ohio ValleyMurray State80E Illinois522846CFSB Center860233.1%
12/29/2017MACBall State75Florida A&M542902Worthen Arena1150025.2%
12/31/2017Atlantic SunFGCU62Florida Tech542904Alico Arena450064.5%
12/30/2017America EastStony Brook68Norfolk State742912Island FCU Arena400072.8%
12/28/2017Western AthleticUtah Valley90UC Riverside822936UCCU Center850034.5%
12/31/2017The AmericanECU39UCF592946Minges Coliseum800036.8%
12/30/2017Ohio ValleyMurray State87SIUE632986CFSB Center860234.7%
12/31/2017SouthernMercer55ETSU743069Hawkins Arena350087.7%
12/30/2017Western AthleticUtah Valley87CSU Fullerton783158UCCU Center850037.2%
12/28/2017SouthernETSU84Tusculum653218Freedom Hall Civic Center561957.3%
12/28/2017Missouri ValleyIndiana State73Valparaiso643269Hulman Center1020032.0%
12/29/2017Atlantic SunFGCU76Florida Memorial423320Alico Arena450073.8%
12/30/2017The AmericanHouston76Temple733370H&PE Arena810041.6%
12/28/2017Horizon LeagueWright State65UIC613397Nutter Center1040032.7%
12/28/2017SouthernMercer89Kennesaw State563513Hawkins Arena3500100.4%
12/30/2017Horizon LeagueWright State60IUPUI523649Nutter Center1040035.1%
12/30/2017Horizon LeagueN Kentucky86UIC513688BB&T Arena940039.2%
12/30/2017Colonial AthleticWilliam & Mary90Hofstra873784Kaplan Arena860044.0%
12/28/2017Colonial AthleticUNC Wilmington101Greensboro603865Trask Coliseum610063.4%
12/30/2017Colonial AthleticUNC Wilmington56Delaware583931Trask Coliseum610064.4%
12/28/2017The AmericanTulsa79ECU534133Reynolds Center835549.5%
12/30/2017Conference USAUAB60Mid Tennessee634143Bartow Arena850848.7%
12/28/2017Horizon LeagueN Kentucky77IUPUI594203BB&T Arena940044.7%
12/31/2017Missouri ValleyS Illinois67Drake704230SIU Arena833950.7%
12/30/2017Colonial AthleticCharleston73Towson624343TD Arena510085.2%
12/30/2017Big TenPenn State88Coppin State434512Bryce Jordan Center1526129.6%
12/28/2017Big TenRutgers58Hartford604632Louis Brown Athletic Center800057.9%
12/30/2017Conference USAW Kentucky82Southern Miss664654E. A. Diddle Arena732663.5%
12/31/2017Pac 12Oregon State64Utah664751Gill Coliseum960449.5%
12/27/2017Mountain WestWyoming82San Diego State694823Arena-Auditorium1502832.1%
12/28/2017Conference USAW Kentucky69LA Tech684897E. A. Diddle Arena732666.8%
12/28/2017Missouri ValleyNorthern Iowa53S Illinois564933McLeod Center665074.2%
12/30/2017Atlantic 10St Bonaventure98UMass784945Reilly Center548090.2%
12/30/2017ACCPitt53Miami675307Petersen Events Center1250842.4%
12/27/2017ACCGeorgia Tech76Coppin State625341McCamish Pavilion919158.1%
12/27/2017Atlantic 10URI80FGCU605347Ryan Center765769.8%
12/28/2017The AmericanTemple75Tulane855382Liacouras Center1020652.7%
12/28/2017Conference USAMarshall85Southern Miss665537Cam Henderson Center1070551.7%
12/28/2017Big EastSt John's72Providence945602Carnesecca Arena5602100.0%
12/30/2017Conference USAOld Dominion89Charlotte585660Ted Constant Convocation Center952059.5%
12/30/2017Conference USAMarshall78LA Tech655683Cam Henderson Center1070553.1%
12/31/2017Missouri ValleyBradley72Northern Iowa535684Carver Arena1116450.9%
12/31/2017Missouri ValleyIllinois State84Indiana State815824Redbird Arena1020057.1%
12/31/2017SECOle Miss74South Carolina695849The Pavilion at Ole Miss950061.6%
12/28/2017West CoastGonzaga81Pacific486000McCarthey Athletic Center6000100.0%
12/30/2017West CoastGonzaga101Santa Clara526000McCarthey Athletic Center6000100.0%
12/30/2017Big TenNorthwestern95Brown736006Allstate Arena1750034.3%
12/25/2017ACCMiami84Mid Tennessee816062Stan Sheriff Center1030058.9%
12/30/2017Conference USAUTEP80Rice626147Don Haskins Center1222250.3%
12/30/2017Mountain WestFresno State71Air Force596188Save Mart Center1554439.8%
12/30/2017Atlantic 10URI83George Mason646383Ryan Center765783.4%
12/31/2017The AmericanSMU79USF396477Moody Coliseum899872.0%
12/30/2017Atlantic 10Richmond69Davidson586560Robins Center907172.3%
12/27/2017The AmericanSMU56UCF516628Moody Coliseum899873.7%
12/25/2017Big WestHawai'i63Princeton776698Stan Sheriff Center1030065.0%
12/27/2017Mountain WestUtah State86San Jose State726759Dee Glen Smith Spectrum1027065.8%
12/30/2017Big 12TCU89Oklahoma906912Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena720196.0%
12/28/2017ACCVirginia Tech76NC A&T596979Cassell Coliseum984770.9%
12/30/2017Big SkyWeber State60Idaho State627552Dee Events Center1150065.7%
12/30/2017Atlantic 10VCU76Fordham637637Stuart C. Siegel Center7637100.0%
12/31/2017Pac 12UCLA74Washington537639Pauley Pavilion1282959.5%
12/30/2017SECMiss St109North Florida817764Humphrey Coliseum1057573.4%
12/31/2017The AmericanCincinnati82Memphis488143BB&T Arena940086.6%
12/29/2017Big 12Oklahoma State79West Virginia858257Gallagher-Iba Arena1361160.7%
12/27/2017Big EastDePaul85Villanova1038323Wintrust Arena1038780.1%
12/30/2017ACCNotre Dame68Georgia Tech598441Purcell Pavilion914992.3%
12/31/2017Big EastSeton Hall75St John's708456Prudential Center1762548.0%
12/30/2017SECAuburn98Cornell778493Auburn Arena912193.1%
12/30/2017ACCClemson78NC State629000Littlejohn Coliseum9000100.0%
12/30/2017Big EastButler101Villanova939244Hinkle Fieldhouse9100101.6%
12/27/2017Big EastGeorgetown89Butler919257Capital One Arena2035645.5%
12/30/2017ACCDuke100Florida State939314Cameron Indoor Stadium9314100.0%
12/30/2017Mountain WestNevada77New Mexico749530Lawlor Events Center1153682.6%
12/28/2017Big EastSeton Hall90Creighton849824Prudential Center1762555.7%
12/30/2017SECFlorida81Vanderbilt7410274Exactech Arena1200085.6%
12/30/2017Big EastXavier77DePaul7210436Cintas Center10250101.8%
12/27/2017Mountain WestNew Mexico87Air Force5810514Dreamstyle Arena1541168.2%
12/27/2017SECSouth Carolina74Limestone4511305Colonial Life Arena1800062.8%
12/30/2017Big TenMichigan76Jacksonville5112707Crisler Center1375192.4%
12/29/2017Big 12Texas Tech77Baylor5312827United Supermarkets Arena1502085.4%
12/30/2017Big TenIllinois62Grand Canyon5813762State Farm Center1550088.8%
12/29/2017Big TenMaryland66UMBC4514118XFINITY Center1795078.7%
12/29/2017Big TenIndiana79Youngstown St5114122Assembly Hall (Indiana)1747280.8%
12/30/2017SECAlabama79Texas A&M5714218Coleman Coliseum1538392.4%
12/30/2017ACCUVA59Boston College5814538John Paul Jones Arena1459399.6%
12/30/2017Big TenMinnesota65Harvard5514625Williams Arena14625100.0%
12/30/2017Pac 12Arizona84Arizona State7814644McKale Center14545100.7%
12/29/2017Big TenIowa98N Illinois7514665Carver-Hawkeye Arena1550094.6%
12/29/2017Big TenMichigan State111Cleveland State6114797Breslin Center1628090.9%
12/31/2017Big TenMichigan State108Savannah State5214797Breslin Center1628090.9%
12/30/2017Big TenPurdue98Lipscomb6614804Mackey Arena1484699.7%
12/30/2017Big EastMarquette74Georgetown6514889BMO Harris Bradley Center1784583.4%
12/29/2017Big TenNebraska71Stetson6215040Pinnacle Bank Arena1514799.3%
12/27/2017Big EastMarquette87Xavier9115095BMO Harris Bradley Center1784584.6%
12/30/2017Big TenOSU72Miami (OH)5915131Value City Arena1880980.4%
12/30/2017The AmericanUConn62Wichita State7215564XL Center15564100.0%
12/29/2017Big 12Texas86Kansas9215802Frank Erwin Center1683793.9%
12/27/2017SECArkansas95CSU Bakersfield6815829Bud Walton Arena2032077.9%
12/30/2017West CoastBYU64Saint Mary's7416212Marriott Center2270071.4%
12/28/2017West CoastBYU69Portland4516592Marriott Center2270073.1%
12/27/2017Big TenWisconsin82Chicago State7017022Kohl Center1723098.8%
12/30/2017Big TenWisconsin82UMass Lowell5317287Kohl Center17230100.3%
12/31/2017Big EastCreighton83Providence6417768CenturyLink Center Omaha17100103.9%
12/30/2017SECArkansas95Tennessee9318696Bud Walton Arena2032092.0%
12/30/2017ACCUNC73Wake Forest6919578Dean E. Smith Center2175090.0%
12/31/2017ACCSyracuse68Virginia Tech5620688Carrier Dome3544658.4%
12/27/2017ACCSyracuse62E Michigan4721925Carrier Dome3544661.9%
12/31/2017SECKentucky66Georgia6122862Rupp Arena2350097.3%
12/29/2017SECKentucky90Louisville6124228Rupp Arena23500103.1%

 


2 thoughts on “NCAA Basketball Attendance, 2017 Week Eight: An All-Time Record!

    • Chris Ford Post author

      Thanks Ben, I used a bit of a shortcut in taking the all time highest capacity as the official one but I have updated both of those in my database so that going forward they will be right. Thanks for reading and appreciate you reaching out!

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