The University of Kentucky has claimed the NCAA’s attendance crown in 17 of the last 18 college basketball seasons.
But Syracuse University might have already sewn up this year’s attendance title before the season had even started.
Last year, Kentucky finished first in the nation in attendance with an average crowd of 23,099 for the Wildcats’ home games in Rupp Arena. That number is slightly above Rupp Arena’s official capacity of 23,000 because schools often count every person in the building and not just ticketed fans.
Syracuse finished second to Kentucky after averaging 22,439 fans per game at the Carrier Dome. During Kentucky’s run of 17 attendance titles in 18 years, Syracuse has finished second 14 times. Syracuse interrupted Kentucky’s streak in 2004-05 when Syracuse barely edged out Kentucky — 22,987-22,520.