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Kentucky leads the nation in total attendance

Photo by Barry Westerman | UK Athletics

Photo by Barry Westerman | UK Athletics

Photo by Barry Westerman | UK Athletics

Did you attend a UK basketball game in Rupp Arena this year? If so, pat yourself on the back, because you helped the Cats win another total home attendance title. 447,874 fans went to UK’s games at Rupp this past season, the most of any program in the country. Syracuse had the second most, at 429,378, followed by Louisville, with 406,338.

Kentucky led the nation in overall attendance as well, with 845,594 fans watching the Cats play at home, on the road, and in neutral sites. Because of course.

Syracuse actually edged Kentucky in average home attendance 23,854 to 23,572, but we’ll overlook that because the total attendance numbers are way more impressive, right?


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9 Comments for Kentucky leads the nation in total attendance

  1. novalsi
    12:10 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    No, we overlook Syracuse beating us in average attendance because they have 10,000 more seats than we do for basketball, and they still only beat us by 300 tickets.

  2. Blue
    12:19 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    ^^^^ This. If Rupp held 33,000 like the Carrier Dome does, we’d average 32,000 per contest, and the attendance wouldn’t even be a contest. I think the total attendance is far more validating, anyway.

  3. ukjaybrat
    12:25 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    while i will agree that the only reason Syracuse beats us in average attendance is because their arena has many more seats and we’d crush them in average attendance every year if we had an equally large arena…

    the only reason we beat them in overall attendance is because we had 19 home games and they only had 18…

    • NumberCruncher
      1:15 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

      We played in a crappy conference and still filled seats. Plug a 19th home game in there against a crappy team and they prob would get the 18,500 they need to take the top spot, but we all know it’s bc they have more seats.

  4. cracka
    12:37 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    we can just share this with Syracuse since they beat Louisville last year

    it’s hard to compete with them when they have 35k there when Duke shows up, that definitely bumps up their average … it’s still surprising even with a lot of good ACC teams coming in there that they would have that many people show up … they didn’t play a single ranked team at home in their OOC

    • ukjaybrat
      12:45 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

      syracuse = duke… in that they (almost) never play ranked OOC teams unless it’s in a contract like the acc big ten challenge

  5. J-Dub421
    1:02 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    All I know is, I wouldn’t want Rupp to be any bigger than it already is.

  6. JohnnyCat
    1:22 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    I’ve had season tix in the upper deck since the beginning, and they were small then. Now with nearly everyone in KY 50+ lbs overweight it makes it almost unbearable to sit up there amongst all the fatties.

  7. CatsBBN
    4:23 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    I think its also worth noting that the Carrier Dome is not strictly a basketball facility so who cares what they do game to game. If we had the option to cut an enormous dome in half and use it for our games the numbers would be insane. Imagine how many people would attend a huge game for us. For example 2012 tourney vs UL. That would be a yearly attendance of 50k for one game for us, as long as we are both power house teams.