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Creighton ranked sixth nationally in average home attendance in 2011-12 while posting the nation's largest jump.
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Men's Basketball Leads Nation in Attendance Increase; 6th Overall

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton men's basketball team had the country's largest average home attendance increase in the recently completed 2011-12 season, according to figures released by the NCAA.

The Bluejays ranked a best-ever sixth nationally in 2011-12 with 16,665 fans per home game, after ranking 22nd nationally in 2010-11 with 13,507 fans per game. The increase of 3,157 (when factoring in fractions) was not only the nation's largest leap, but one of the top three increases nationwide in the past five seasons.

The 16,665 fans per home game was a CU and Missouri Valley Conference record, and included six of the 11 largest crowds in program history in 2011-12. It also marked the largest average for any non-BCS school in the country.

This was the ninth straight season that Creighton led the MVC in average home attendance and seventh consecutive season that Creighton surpassed 200,000 fans. No other school in MVC history has ever reached 200,000 fans even once.

Including this year, Creighton has now finished in the top-25 of the national attendance leaders in each of the last seven seasons.

2011-12 Attendance Leaders (Final)

    Rk.    School    Average

    1.    Kentucky    23,721    

    2.    Syracuse    23,618    

    3.    Louisville    21,503    

    4.    North Carolina    20,159    

    5.    Wisconsin    17,181    

    6.    Creighton    16,665   

    7.    Tennessee    16,543    

    8.    Ohio State    16,511   

    9.    Indiana    16,462    

    10.    Kansas    16,445   

    11.    Memphis    16,234    

    12.    BYU    15,424    

    13.    Marquette    15,138    

    14.    Illinois    14,986    

    15.    Michigan State    14,797    

    16.    New Mexico    14,454    

    17.    UNLV    14,025   

    18.    Vanderbilt    13,698    

    19.    Arizona    13,602   

    20.    North Carolina State  13,560   

 

Highest Season Home Attendance, MVC History

    Home Att.    School      Year

    302,676    Creighton    2008-09

    297,161    Creighton    2010-11

    276,000    Creighton    2007-08

    266,632    Creighton    2011-12

    246,419    Creighton    2009-10

    236,313    Creighton    2005-06

    222,728    Creighton    2006-07

    192,258    Creighton    2003-04

    191,440    Louisville    1974-75

 

Highest Average Attendance, MVC History

    Avg. Att.    School       Year

    16,665    Creighton    2011-12

    15,930    Creighton    2008-09

    15,909    Creighton    2006-07

    15,333    Creighton    2007-08

    14,495    Creighton    2009-10

    13,901    Creighton    2005-06

    13,674    Louisville     1974-75

    13,507    Creighton    2010-11

Creighton's Top-25 Rankings Among Attendance Leaders

    Rank      Average    Year

      6th    16,665    2011-12

    12th    15,930    2008-09

    13th    15,909    2006-07

    15th    15,333    2007-08

    15th    14,495    2009-10

    20th    13,900    2005-06

    22nd   13,507    2010-11

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