Illinois Men's Basketball Among Nation's Attendance Leaders
May 21, 2008
Champaign, Ill. - The NCAA has released attendance figures for the 2007-08 men's college basketball season and the University of Illinois once again ranks among the nation's attendance leaders. The Illini sold out all 15 games at the Assembly Hall this past season with a total of 249,270 fans passing through the turnstiles. The UI's sellout average of 16,618 fans per game ranks 11th on the NCAA list.
This marks the ninth straight year that the Illini have ranked in the nation's top 15 for average home attendance, as well as the 30th straight year that the UI has ranked in the top 25 nationally. Illinois has sold out the Assembly Hall in season tickets for four straight seasons. The Illini also have played in front of a sellout crowd for a school-record 60 consecutive home games, a streak that will carry over into next season.
The Big Ten Conference, meanwhile, led the nation in attendance for the 32nd straight season with an average of 12,978 fans per game. The Big Ten broke the 2-million mark in total attendance for the 16th consecutive season as the conference welcomed 2,517,685 fans in 194 games.