Kansas Leads League in Home Attendance for the 30th-Straight Season
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s basketball led its conference in home attendance for the 30th-consecutive season as the NCAA released its 2015-16 attendance figures June 8.
Kansas topped the Big 12 and ranked ninth nationally in 2015-16, averaging 16,436 per home contest. The Jayhawks have sold out of 243-straight games in historic Allen Fieldhouse, which has a capacity of 16,300, the second-largest venue in the Big 12 (Texas is first at 16,540). KU also had 18,612 fans for the Jayhawk Shootout on Dec. 12 at Sprint Center in Kansas City. The Jayhawk Shootout is an annual contest that is part of the KU home ticket package.
For all games – home, neutral and away – Kansas ranked seventh nationally with 558,040 fans which also led the Big 12. Oklahoma was second with 498,311.
Kansas’ 30-straight season streak began in 1986-87, during the Big Eight Conference era. In that span, KU has ranked in the top-10 nationally 22 times, including each of the last eight seasons, beginning in 2008-09. Dating back to 1977-78, a span of 39 seasons, Kansas has led its league in home attendance 35 times and has ranked in the top-20 nationally 37 times.
“If you love basketball; if you love and respect the history of the game, every road leads back to Lawrence, Kansas,” ESPN commentator Jay Bilas said during a celebration of 60 years of Jayhawk basketball in Allen Fieldhouse prior to the 2014-15 season. “This magnificent building cannot be captured in words. This building has a soul. It’s a cathedral of college basketball. It is the ultimate bucket list place for every player, every coach, every fan, every official – everyone.”
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