Cowboy Basketball Attendance Increase Ranks Seventh Nationally
Stillwater, Okla. — Oklahoma State’s men’s basketball team ranked No. 7 nationally in average attendance increase among Division I schools last season, it was announced today by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Oklahoma State’s average attendance rose from 10,031 during the 2008-09 season to 11,585 in 2009-10, an increase of 1,554 per game. That increase ranked third among Big 12 schools and seventh overall. OSU’s average attendance of 11,585 ranked fifth among all Big 12 schools and 35th nationally.
“The fact that our average attendance grew by more than 1,500 from the previous season is exciting,” said head coach Travis Ford. “Oklahoma State has some of the best fans in college basketball, and we’re determined to display an exciting brand of basketball that will make them return in record numbers. Our goal is to sell out and fill Gallagher-Iba Arena for every single game.”
Oklahoma State had the nation’s highest increase in average attendance in 2001 when average attendance went from 5,907 in 2000 to 12,044, an improvement of 6,137. That was the year that Gallagher-Iba Arena expanded from 6,381 to 13,611 seats. had the sixth-highest increase in average attendance in 2005, improving from 10,625 in 2004 to 12,241 immediately following the Cowboys’ Final Four appearance.