KU Leads Conference Men's Basketball Home Attendance for 24th Straight Year

May 13, 2010

For the 24th consecutive year, Kansas men’s basketball has led its conference in home attendance as the NCAA announced its final attendance figures for the 2009-10 season.

Dating back to the 1986-87 season, Kansas has led the Big Eight/Big 12 in men’s basketball home attendance. This past season, KU averaged 16,433 fans per home contest, which ranked ninth nationally. This average includes 18 games in historic Allen Fieldhouse with a home average of 16,300 and one game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City which had 18,830 fans witness KU defeat LaSalle in the M&I Bank Kansas City Shootout on Dec. 12, 2009. The event is part of the KU home ticket package, hence is added to the home attendance average.

“There is no doubt we have the greatest fans in the country and this run since the 1980s is a testament to that,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said.

Nationally, KU ranked ninth in home attendance in 2009-10. Since the 1977-78 season, the Jayhawks have ranked in the NCAA Division I top 10 on 16 occasions and 29 times in the top 15. KU has actually led its conference in home attendance average for 29 of the last 33 seasons dating back to 1977-78.

For all games (home-away-neutral), Kansas ranked eighth in 2009-10 with 562,726 fans attending contests, also first in the Big 12. As a league, the Big 12 set a home attendance average record of 11,214, which ranked third among all conferences.

Kansas has sold out of 147 consecutive games in Allen Fieldhouse, a string which started Dec. 4, 2001. The Jayhawks have won 59 straight games in the Fieldhouse, the longest active home court winning streak in the nation. KU’s 59 straight home wins is three shy of the school record of 62 set from 1994-98.