The headline last week on a Jacob Feldman article on the sports business Website Sportico.com, was, “Attendance is down across sports.” As compared to 2019-20, Feldman cited significant increases in the numbers of NFL, NBA and NHL teams this season playing before less than 90-percent capacity.
For the Wildcats’ 2021-22 exhibition opener against Kentucky Wesleyan, the announced attendance in Rupp — the number of tickets distributed to the event — was 17,133 in the 20,545-seat venue.
The figure for the second exhibition, against Miles College, was 17,814.
With Robert Morris as the foe for the official home opener Friday night, the announced crowd figure was 18,454. Look, a multitude of sports teams — college and professional — would salivate over attendance numbers such as these.