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Kentucky basketball leads the country in attendance again

Kentucky’s attendance may have been down this year, but it’s still the best in the country. For the third straight year and 20th time in the last 23 seasons, Kentucky leads the country in average home attendance, with 21,875 fans packing Rupp Arena per game. That’s down from 23,461 per game last season.

Per UK, since Rupp Arena opened in 1976, the Cats have ranked either first or second in average home attendance every season. In 18 home games this season, 393,743 fans came to Rupp. The most attended game this season? January 20 vs. Florida, with 24,394 fans. UK eclipsed the 23,000 mark five times this season.

With college basketball attendance down nationwide, it’s good to see Kentucky’s still the gold standard in the sport.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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6 Comments for Kentucky basketball leads the country in attendance again

  1. empiremaker
    1:23 pm March 5, 2018 Permalink

    Completely different subject, I have never heard of ding-a-ling song before but now thanks to KSR I cant stop listening to my ding-a-ling

  2. SuperTroy18
    1:36 pm March 5, 2018 Permalink

    BBN leads in attendance. Sky is blue. Water is wet. World keeps spinning.

    BBN dominates.

  3. bosch8184
    1:55 pm March 5, 2018 Permalink

    Attendance ? 6.76%?

    Too bad we can’t figure out how much attendance dropped off at these neutral site games.

  4. Kernel Sanders
    2:33 pm March 5, 2018 Permalink

    Below is an excerpt from a LHL article. I’m curious, do all schools include attendees beyond ticket holders when they release their attendance figures, or is there no one standard for reporting it?

    “Open Records requests showed that the turnstile count for UK home games averaged 17,408 this season. So the announced attendance average — which is an estimate of everyone in the arena, not just ticket holders — reflected a 25.7 percent markup.”

    Read more here:

  5. BlueSteel
    2:58 pm March 5, 2018 Permalink

    Yes – All schools do it! Counting attendance this way is also why you sometimes have attendance numbers that are beyond “capacity”.

  6. Kozmo
    6:34 pm March 5, 2018 Permalink

    Also lead the country in worst current NBA players to NCAA titles ratio under Cal.

    Probably lead in the most overpaid coaches too.