Lobos Finish 16th Nationally in Men's Basketball Attendance

May 11, 2012

Indianapolis, Ind. --- The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team finished 16th in national attendance for the second consecutive year, and it extended UNM’s streak of consecutive years finishing in the top 25 in attendance to 46 straight seasons.

The Lobos played 16 home games and averaged 14,454 fans, the best mark of any Mountain West school. UNLV was 17th in attendance, averaging 14,025 fans.

“Being ranked in the top 25 to end the year both in the polls and in attendance is just a further indication of just how special Lobo Basketball is,” said head coach Steve Alford. “Thanks so much to our terrific fan base, the best in the country.”

The Lobos played to 93.7% capacity, the 10-best mark among the top 25 in attendance, and that is despite having the fourth-smallest capacity among those teams in the top 25 in attendance. All-time, UNM has a record of 659-150 in The Pit, and 12,488,600 fans have watched 809 Lobo games, an average of 15,437. UNM’s seating capacity has changed over the years, with a current capacity of 15,411 after the recent renovations.

2011-12 NCAA Top 25 Teams in Attendance by Average

Rank School G Attendance Average % of Capacity
1 Kentucky 18 426,978 23,721 100.9%
2 Syracuse 19 448,736 23,618 71.6%
3 Louisville 20 430,052 21,503 93.9%
4 North Carolina 18 362,867 20,159 93.5%
5 Wisconsin 18 309,255 17,181 99.7%
6 Creighton 16 266,632 16,665 89.8%
7 Tenessee 19 314,321 15,432 76.3%
8 Ohio State 20 330,210 16,511 87.8%
9 Indiana 19 312,77 16,462 94.2%
10 Kansas 17 279,557 16,445 100.9%
11 Memphis 20 324,670 16,234 89.6%
12 BYU 16 246,777 15,424 67.9%
13 Marquette 16 242,205 15,138 79.7%
14 Illinois 18 269,739 14,986 90.1%
15 Michigan State 18 266,346 14,797 92.5%
16 New Mexico 16 231,262 14,454 93.7%
17 UNLV 19 266,469 14,025 74.7%
18 Vanderbilt 18 246,561 13,698 95.7%
19 Arizona 18 244,829 13,602 94.1%
20 North Carolina State 19 257,638 13,560 68.8%
21 Purdue 17 226,504 13,324 94.3%
22 Maryland 17 224,0990 13,182 73.4%
23 Arkansas 21 275,020 13,096 67.6%
24 Iowa State 18 234,266 13,015 90.6%
25 Kansas State 16 204,527 12,783 102.0%