LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.-- Both Siena men's and women's basketball teams broke program regular-season attendance marks this past season, and each found themselves well represented in the NCAA's annual attendance report released today. An average of 6,401 fans attended each men's basketball regular-season game this season--83rd nationally, while 1,592 people came out for each women's contest--67th nationally.
"It is testament to our loyal fan base and the success of our programs that we continue to establish new heights in attendance," Director of Athletics John D'Argenio said. "We strive to provide the people in the Capital Region with quality family entertainment and a winning program, and are pleased that people have accepted Siena basketball and made it the region's top sporting event."
The Siena women shattered their pervious attendance mark, as a conference-best 20,696 people attended the 13 home women's games. This number does include a men's/women's doubleheader played at Pepsi Arena, however, even when this game is not included, an average of 1,221 fans attended the remaining 12 games--an all-time high. The MAAC average of 709 fans per game was a record high for the conference.
On the men's side, 83,213 fans passed through the turnstiles with a season-high 10,284 attending the regular-season finale' against Niagara (2/24). The men have had at least 5,000 fans in attendance for 37 consecutive games.
The MAAC average attendance for the 2000-2001 men's basketball season was 2,254 per game--21st in the nation out of 31 conferences.
The Saints had 80,062 fans pass through the turnstiles in their 13 home contests in 1999-2000- an average of 6,159 per game (83rd nationally). With the preseason and postseason NIT games figures in, the average rose to 6,416. In the 1998-99 campaign, Siena ranked 84th in the nation with 82,320 fans showing up for the 13 games at Pepsi Arena, an average of 6,332 per contest.
Overall, Siena's attendance mirrored the national trend as more than 24 million people attended men's basketball games for the second straight season. An average of 5,057 (just shy of last year's national record total) attended Division I men's basketball games in the 2000-2001 season.