NCAA women’s basketball attendance across divisions eclipses 11 million for eighth straight year

From the NCAA:

Attendance for the 2014?15 NCAA women’s basketball season eclipsed 11 million fans for the eighth straight season. In addition, there were 11,123,533 total patrons across all three divisions, ranking as the seventh highest total since attendance figures were kept beginning with the 1982 season.

Division I attendance totaled 8,111,856, the fourth highest total in the 34 years of NCAA women’s basketball. Division II attendance for women’s basketball increased from the previous season to 1,789,781, while Division III recorded a total of 1,164,082.

The 343 Division I teams averaged 1,565 fans per game over 5,184 games or sessions this season, with NCAA neutral site tournament attendance soaring to an average session increase of more than 2,400 fans per game.

“We’re pleased to see women’s basketball attendance continuing to rise as it indicates fan support for the sport and an allegiance to favorite NCAA college and university teams,” said Anucha Browne, vice president of women’s basketball championships. “Fans continue to follow women’s basketball and the attendance figures indicate this past year was full of excitement during the team tournament runs as well as during the regular season.”

Other highlights

  • The Southeastern Conference became the second league in Division I history to welcome more than 1 million fans to its games (1,011,451). The total is the fourth best by any league and only the Big 12 has had more in a single season.
  • The Southeastern Conference led the nation in attendance for the first time since the 1984 season, snapping a string of 15 straight seasons in which the Big 12 has led the nation in attendance.
  • he University of South Carolina led the nation in home attendance for the first time at 12,293 fans per game. It snapped a streak of 11 straight seasons where the University of Tennessee had led the nation in attendance. Tennessee was second in the nation at 10,375. This is the first time that a school other than Tennessee or the University of Connecticut has led the nation in attendance since 1994 (Ohio State University.).
  • South Carolina’s attendance in 2014?15 jumped nearly 6,000 fans per game from its 2013?14 total, going from 6,371 to more than 12,000 fans per game. This is the second straight year that South Carolina has led the nation in most improved attendance, having increased 2,419 fans per game during the 2013?14 season.
  • The Division I Women’s Basketball Championship drew 239,746 spectators for an average of 5,708 fans per session over 42 sessions (first and second rounds, regionals and Final Four). The all-time tournament session average of 7,966 was set in 2003.
  • The Division I tournament average attendance rose more than 2,400 fans per session from 2013-14.
  • The Division II tournament recorded 38,187 fans for an average of 1,061 over 36 sessions. The Division III tournament had 31,522 fans for an average of 751 over 42 sessions.
  • In Division II, Northern State University took top honors in attendance for the eighth straight season with 2,758 fans over 16 home games. Fort Hays State University (2,289), Emporia State University (2,110), Augustana College (South Dakota) (2,051) and Tarleton State University (1,952) rounded out the top five.
  • Hope College led Division III in attendance for the seventh consecutive season with an average of 963 fans over 14 games. Franklin College (880), University of Dubuque (791), Luther College (641) and Maryville College (Tennessee) (611) were the next four leaders.
  • For Division II conferences, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association notched its seventh consecutive attendance title with an average of 1,172 fans per game. The Division III leader was the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with 487 fans per game, marking the second consecutive year and fifth time in six years the IIAC has led the nation in average attendance.

2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Attendance

Total Teams Games or Sessions 2015Attendance Avg Change
in Total
Change
in Avg.
Div. I Home Attendance +343 *5,012 7,614,541 1,519 12,288 -7
Div. I NCAA Tr. Neurtral Sites 10 89,060 8,906 18,448 2,487
Div. I Neutral Sites 162 408,255 2,520 -55,735 -380
NCAA DIVISION I TOTALS +343 5,184 8,111,856 1,565 -24,999 2,100
Div. II Home Attendance *296 *3,927 1,737,570 442 43,027 -9
Div. II NCAA Tr. Neutral Sites 17 11,854 697 463 27
Div. II Other Neutral Sites 89 40,357 453 -30,511 -235
NCAA DIVISION II TOTALS *296 *4,033 1,789,781 444 12,979 -216
Div. III Home Attendance *434 5,215 1,139,994 219 -55,533 -11
Div. III NCAA Tr. Neutral Sites 4 2092 523 -523 -349
Div. III Other Neutral Sites 97 21,996 227 7,906 39
NCAA DIVISION III TOTALS 434 5,316 1,164,082 219 -48,150 -322
Reclassifying Teams 6 89 57,814 650 1,968 92
NATIONAL TOTALS FOR 2015 1,079 *14,622 11,123,533 761 -58,202 -15

* Record high; + Tied record; Notes: The total Attendance for the Division I Tournament was 239,746 for a 5,708 average over 42 sessions; the Divi­sion II Tournament was 38,187 for a 1,061 average over 36 sessions; and the Division III Tournament was 31,522 for a 751 average over 42 sessions. Division II overall Attendance figures do not include the NCAA Puerto Rican schools.

2015 Women’s Basketball Home Attendance Team Leaders

DIVISION I

Rk School G Attendance Average
1. South Carolina 16 196,684 12,293
2. Tennessee 18 186,754 10,375
3. Louisville 17 161,754 9,515
4. Iowa St. 17 157,916 9,289
5. Notre Dame 20 170,882 8,544
6. UConn 15 123,247 8,216
7. Kentucky 17 108,436 6,379
8. Baylor 19 120,484 6,341
9. Purdue 16 100,458 6,279
10. Michigan St. 16 97,906 6,119
11. Nebraska 16 93,707 5,857
12. Oklahoma 13 69,852 5,373
13. Gonzaga 14 75,127 5,366
14. Iowa 18 95,417 5,301
15. Maryland 17 89,016 5,236
16. New Mexico 17 87,849 5,168
17. Texas A&M 15 75,511 5,034
18. Penn St. 16 77,727 4,858

 

Rk School G Attendance Average
19. Ohio St. 17 81,250 4,779
20. Duke 18 82,615 4,590
21. Oregon St. 16 67,109 4,194
22. Middle Tenn. 18 75,105 4,173
23. Wisconsin 13 53,637 4,126
24. Kansas St. 20 80,783 4,039
25. Minnesota 15 57,696 3,846
26. Texas Tech 19 72,268 3,804
27. Mississippi St. 18 67,598 3,755
28. Toledo 16 58,182 3,636
29. Stanford 17 60,763 3,574
30. Vanderbilt 15 53,280 3,552
31. Texas 17 57,549 3,385
32. Virginia 17 56,671 3,334
33. North Carolina 17 56,268 3,310
34. Georgia 16 51,785 3,237
35. Wyoming 14 45186 3,228
36. Florida St. 16 50,478 3,155
37. Arizona St. 18 55,148 3,064
38. Montana 17 51,435 3,026
39. James Madison 14 40,658 2,904
40. Hampton 11 31,791 2,890
41. LSU 15 42,592 2,839
42. DePaul 17 47,192 2,776
43. California 17 45,078 2,652
44. Old Dominion 16 41,970 2,623
45. Drake 15 39,344 2,623
46. Indiana 17 44,481 2,617
47. Oklahoma St. 17 44,168 2,598
48. Wichita St. 16 41,472 2,592
49. Alabama 19 48,444 2,550
50. Dayton 13 32,990 2,538

Largest Home Attendance Increase from Previous Year

Rk School G 2015
Avg.
2014
Avg.
Change
in Avg.
1. South Carolina 16 12,293 6,371 5,922
2. Oregon St. 16 4,194 2,049 2,145
3. Ga. Southern 14 1,949 417 1,532
4. Mississippi St. 18 3,755 2,321 1,435
5. Arizona St, 18 3,064 2,041 1,023
6. Florida St. 16 3,155 2,148 1,007
7. Iowa 18 5,301 4,395 906
8. East Carolina 15 1,756 864 891
9. Ball St. 15 1,660 782 878
10. Saint Louis 13 1,319 465 853

All Games (Home, Road, Neutral)

Rk School G Attendance
1. South Carolina 37 295,991
2. Tennessee 36 283,655
3. UConn 39 271,294
4. Notre Dame 39 271,276
5. Louisville 34 234,446
6. Baylor 37 210,024
7. Iowa St. 31 206,434
8. Kentucky 34 199,330
9. Maryland 37 183,772
10. Duke 34 173,416

2015 Women’s Basketball Conference Attendance

(Figures include home Attendance of each member plus conference tournament neutral site games or sessions)

DIVISION I

Rk. School Teams Games Attendance Average
1. SEC 14 240 *1,011,451 *4,214
2. Big Ten # 14 231 *948,935 4,108
3. Big 12 10 187 748,311 4,002
4. ACC # 15 262 *795,523 3,036
5. Pac-12 12 199 *440,426 2,213
6. American # 11 169 340,239 2,013
7. Mountain West 11 165 283,304 1,717
8. Missouri Valley 10 149 237,615 1,595
9. Conference USA # 14 219 303,612 1,386
10. Mid-American 12 171 *216,214 *1,264
11. Sun Belt # 11 172 203,403 1,183
12. Summit # 8 118 137,566 *1,166
13. West Coast 10 149 168,523 1,131
14. Big East 10 163 177,651 1,090
15. America East 8 112 116,734 1,042
16. Big Sky # 12 173 165,403 956
17. Colonial # 10 144 133,875 930
18. Ohio Valley 12 156 136,409 874
19. Southern # 8 112 95,674 *854
20. Southwestern 10 116 99,088 854
21. Atlantic 10 # 14 196 167,286 854
22. Mid-Eastern 13 166 140,453 846
23. Horizon 9 134 112,255 *838
24. Metro Atlantic 11 160 124,111 776
25. Atlantic Sun # 7 101 78,143 774
26. Big West 9 133 98,144 *738
27. Southland # 11 160 116,812 730
28. Patriot 10 142 93,758 660
29. Big South 11 161 96,659 600
30. Ivy 8 107 63,848 597
31. Western Athletic # 7 111 58,068 523
32. Northeast 10 141 59,620 423
Independent 1 15 6,805 454

* Conference Record; # different conference lineup from previous year

2015 Women’s Basketball Home Attendance Team Leaders

DIVISION II  G Att. Avg. DIVISION III  G Att. Avg
1. Northern St. 16 44,128 2,758 1. Hope 14 13,478 963
2. Fort Hays St. 19 43,486 2,289 2. Franklin 12 10,555 880
3. Emporia St. 13 27,434 2,110 3. Dubuque 13 10,279 791
4. Augustana (SD) 16 32,818 2,051 4. Luther 12 7693 641
5. Tarleton St. 13 25,375 1,952 5. Maryville (TN) 15 9158 611
6. Drury 13 22,602 1,739 6. Thomas More 17 10,211 601
7. Washburn 15 24,779 1,652 7. Rhodes 15 8916 594
8. Pittsburg St. 10 15,963 1,596 8. Wartburg 12 7095 591
9. St. Cloud St. 14 20,096 1,435 9. George Fox 15 8819 588
10. Midwestern St. 15 20,758 1,384 10. Mary Washington 13 7310 562

2015 Women’s Basketball Conference Attendance

DIVISION II

Rk Conference Teams G Attendance Average
1. MIAA 15 192 224,944 1,172
2. Northern Sun 16 231 209,464 907
3. Lone Star 9 119 99,010 832
4. Great American 11 144 82,937 576
5. CIAA 12 141 79,070 561
6. Gulf South 11 176 94,008 534
7. Great Lakes Valley 16 202 101,891 504
8. Great Northwest 10 133 63,477 477
9. Peach Belt 11 185 87,120 471
10. Heartland 11 133 53,391 401

DIVISION III

Rk Conference Teams G Attendance Average
1. IIAC 8 93 45,251 487
2. Michigan Intercol. 9 108 38,945 361
3. HCAC 10 119 40,840 343
4. SAA 8 100 33,839 338
5. American Southwest 11 137 44,021 321
6. CCIW 8 95 30,176 318
7. WIAC 9 104 32,748 315
8. UAA 8 104 32,054 308
9. Ohio AC 10 127 39,009 307
10. Midwest Conference 11 127 38,812 306

 

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