Three MW Men's Hoops Teams Among Nation's Best in Home Attendance
May 11, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For the fourth straight year, and seventh overall, at least three Mountain West men's basketball teams finished the season ranked among the top 30 nationally in home attendance. New Mexico, UNLV and San Diego State were among NCAA leaders in 2011-12, averaging more than 12,000 fans per game at their respective arenas.
The Mountain West was one of six conferences (ACC; Big 12; Big East; Big Ten; SEC) to have at least three teams in the top 30.
New Mexico finished the 2011-12 season ranked 16th nationally, averaging a league-best 14,454 fans per contest during a 16-game slate at The Pit. UNLV followed in 17th, averaging 14,025 fans for each of the Runnin' Rebels' 19 games at the Thomas & Mack Center. San Diego State capped the year with an average crowd of 12,096 during the Aztecs' 19-game schedule at Viejas Arena to rank 29th.
UNLV also finished among the NCAA's top 30 for all-game attendance in 2011-12, including home, road and neutral-site games. The Rebels played in front of 409,610 fans overall, ranking 26th nationally.
Overall, a total of 1,092,044 fans came through the turnstiles at the eight Mountain West arenas during the 2011-12 campaign. As a conference, the MW averaged 7,800 fans per game/session to finish the season ranked sixth in the NCAA. In each of its 13 years, the Mountain West has topped the one-million fan mark to rank in the top seven nationally for attendance.