The NCAA released the official attendance numbers for the 2010-11 season this morning.
Seton Hall ranked 62nd in the country with an average attendance of 7,937 and a total attendance of 119,060 over the course of 15 games. With the curtains down, the Rock seats 9,800, meaning that on average, Seton Hall managed to fill the Rock to 81% of capacity (kind of). In reality, only 42% of the arena was filled, but I digress.
When compared to other Big East teams, Seton Hall was 10th in the Big East. Syracuse was 1st, South Florida last, and Rutgers 12th.
The Rock was filled by 834 more fans per game when compared to last season. This can be attributed to the arrival of a new coach and the fact that last season's non-conference home slate was pitiful, to say the least. However, its important not to forget that the team won 6 less games this season and that last year's team was fueled by 'The Time is Now' marketing campaign while also fighting for an NCAA birth. All things considered, I'd say the increase in fans per game is definitely a positive.
During the NCAA tournament, the most attended regional was Newark (18,278) then Anaheim (17,856). If you take a glance at the teams that played in these two regionals compared to the New Orleans and San Antonio regionals, it makes complete sense.
Around the Country:
- The highest ranked mid-major was Creighton at 22nd, the next highest was Wichita State at 40th. Illinois State, Bradley and Missouri State from the Missouri Valley Conference also finished in the Top 100.
- The three schools with the lowest average attendance were NJIT (455), Cenentary (531), and St. Francis (NY) (546). Is it a coincidence that Seton Hall is going to play two of these schools next season?
- In comparison, Division III Hope College (2818) averaged more than 7x in average attendance than NJIT.