MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State has ranked among the Top 35 in men’s basketball attendance for the seventh time in the last eight years, as the NCAA recently released its attendance figures for the 2013-14 season.
The Wildcats attracted 12,125 fans per game to 17 home games this past season to rank 29th nationally and third in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas led all league schools with an average of 16,437 fans, which placed ninth in the country, while Iowa State (14,192) also ranked in the Top 20 at No. 20. In all, nine Big 12 schools ranked among the Top 70.
The 12,125 average ranks eighth in school history with seven of the school’s Top 10 attendance averages coming since 2006-07. Overall, K-State drew 206,123 fans to its 17 home games in 2013-14, which marked the seventh time in the last eight seasons that the school has drawn 200,000 or more fans.
K-State has now placed among the Top 35 in national attendance 12 times since the rankings started in 1970. The school ranked a program-best 10th in 1969-70 (11,790) and was 21st in 1979-80 (10,804) and 22nd in 1977-78 (11,055) and 1981-82 (10,832). In the past eight years, the program has been rated 24th in 2012-13 (12,528), 25th in 2007-08 (12,529) and 2011-12 (12,783), 26th in 2006-07 (12,301) and 2010-11 (12,652) and 31st in 2009-10 (11,884) in the rankings.
The Wildcats continue to possess one of the top home atmospheres in the country as Bramlage Coliseum, as they have played in front of an average of more than 12,000 fans in each of the last four seasons. The school has won more than 75 percent of its games in Bramlage Coliseum’s 26-year history, including a 115-19 (.858) record over the past eight seasons at home and a 64-3 (.955) mark in non-conference play.
Syracuse led the nation in attendance with an average of 26,253 fans per game, while Kentucky (22,964), Louisville (21,282), North Carolina (18,025) and Creighton (17,896) rounded out the Top 5.
The Big 12 ranked third nationally among all conference with an average of 10,489 fans per game, trailing the Big Ten (13,534) and ACC (10,661). In all, the league drew 1,793,617 fans to 171 contests in 2013-14.
K-State is coming off yet another successful campaign in 2013-14, as the Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the school-record fifth consecutive season and posted its eighth straight 20-win season. Under second-year head coach Bruce Weber, the squad posted a 15-2 record at home this past season, including a Bramlage Coliseum record 15-game winning streak from Nov. 13 to March 1.
The Wildcats return nine lettermen, including five players with starting experience, in 2014-15 to go along with Division I transfers Justin Edwards and Brandon Bolden. The group is headlined by All-Big 12 Second Team selection Marcus Foster (15.5 ppg., 3.2 rpg.) and honorable mention pick Thomas Gipson (11.7 ppg., 6.5 rpg.). Overall, the team returns more than 70 percent of its scoring and 65 percent of its rebounding.
Season tickets for the 2014-15 season go on sale Monday, June 23 through K-State Athletics Ticket Office and can be purchased a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at Bramlage Coliseum.