April 27, 2011
An average of 7,626 fans turned out for Siena's 15 home dates in 2010-11, the 68th highest average in the nation, and the highest regular-season attendance in program history. In total, 114,383 fans came out to watch Siena play at Times Union Center this past season.
The average attendance ranked higher than many power conference schools, including: Penn St., Cincinnati, LSU, Washington State, Providence, Colorado, Baylor, Arizona State, Mississippi, Auburn and Georgia Tech among others. The figure was also sixth among all Mid-Major programs, trailing only Creighton (22nd -13,507), Wichita State (40th - 10,428), Utah State (53rd - 8,732), Bradley (56th - 8,447) and Old Dominion (66th - 7,745). Siena out-drew Mid-Major powers Butler (73rd - 7,178), VCU (80th - 6,645) and Gonzaga (88th - 6,000).
The average and total attendance dipped slightly from 2009-10 when Siena established a new program record with 133,505 (an average of 7,853) fans for 17 home games. That figure included three MAAC Tournament games which Siena hosted at Times Union Center. Siena ranked 66th nationally in attendance last year, tying for its highest national ranking ever.
It marks the fifth time Siena has surpassed the 100,000 fan mark. In 2002-2003, 125,156 fans attended Siena's 17 home games, an average of 7,362 fans which also ranked 66th nationally and included three NIT games. In 2008-09 a total of 127,453 spectators attended Siena men's basketball games which ranked 72nd nationally, and included three MAAC Tournament games. In 2007-08, 110,012 fans attended Siena's 17 home games (also included MAAC Tournament).
Siena's men's basketball attendance had risen in each of the last five reports, improving 40% over that time period (from 5,598 in 2005-06).
The Saints saw 10,753 people attend the annual Albany Cup game with cross-town foe UAlbany on December 4, 2010. Siena drew over 8,000 fans for its games with Vermont (11/13 - 8,047), Butler (11/23 - 8,444), Niagara (1/30 - 8,275), Manhattan (2/13) and Maine (2/19 - 8,311).