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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

KU men’s basketball leads conference in home attendance for 26th straight year

Kansas University students K.J. Hadjis, Colorado Springs, Colorado junior, left, and Tyler Betz, Montrose, Colorado sophomore get wild during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University students K.J. Hadjis, Colorado Springs, Colorado junior, left, and Tyler Betz, Montrose, Colorado sophomore get wild during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The Kansas men's basketball team led its conference in home attendance for the 26th straight year, as the NCAA recently released the final attendance numbers for the 2011-12 campaign.

KU averaged 16,445 fans per home contest, which ranked 10th nationally. This included 16 games in Allen Fieldhouse, with an average of 16,300, and one game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, which was part of the KU home ticket package and drew 18,757 fans.

For all games, KU ranked sixth in the NCAA with 682,680 combined fans attending its contests. That number was first in the Big 12 and included KU's Final Four game against Ohio State on March 31, which set a school single-game attendance record with 73,361 fans.

KU has led the Big 12/Big Eight in home attendance average for 31 of the last 35 seasons dating back to 1977-78.

Comments

William Blake 1 year, 11 months ago

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Texas budget expands beyond half the world's small countries in spending...

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/story/2012-05-15/texas-athletics-spending-revenue/54960210/1

I guess money can't buy everything. Granted, the Texas budget is built around football.

Don't we have a football team? Something about a new coach and lots of excitement?

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wildjayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

This attendance will not hold up with the way Self is recruiting, as he is missing the talented players. KU now where in the top tier for recruiting top notch players.

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 11 months ago

As a KU Architecture grad and Registered Architect, I have sketched up a number of Allen renovations adding capacity over the years just for fun.

The essential problem is that the basic building frame has to stay pretty much the same size and due to updated fire code requirements, exiting capacities are currently stretched to their limits.

It would be relatively easy to squeeze another 1000-1200 seats into The Old Girl but it would take smaller seats, elimination of some aisles, increase in travel distances for more remote seating, all of which adding exit doors just can't solve.

The only way to increase capacity is to build an add-on, big screen theatre for live action, remote viewing......and what the hell kind of fun would that be!!! :)

I am afraid 16,300 is the number and it isn't going to change. Fire Marshalls can be such party poopers!!

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hailtoku 1 year, 11 months ago

Allen Fieldhouse average attendance in 2012....16,445 Allen Fieldhouse capacity.........16,300

...rock chalk

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KU79 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank God they built AFH as large as they did...it was incredible at the time. If they had built the standard, but large for the time with 10-12,000 seats, they would have built something new by now. And I doubt it would have half the ambience, and definitely not the history, that places AFH at the pinnacle of all of basketball, and probably sport.

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KU79 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank God they built AFH as large as they did...it was incredible at the time. If they had built the standard, but large for the time with 10-12,000 seats, they would have built something new by now. And I doubt it would have half the ambience, and definitely not the history, that places AFH at the pinnacle of all of basketball, and probably sport.

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nuleafjhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Just asking - how can they count the Sprint Center numbers towards our * home * attendance, but losses there don't count as home losses ?

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Timothy Rake 1 year, 11 months ago

Skyboxes? Are you crazy? We don't need Allen Field House to become just another one of those separate and unequal venues that are shredding the fabric of American society. Furthermore, pampering the rich in their own little universe is not what makes AFH a special place. Let all of them rich folk eat their popcorn, spill their drink, and rub elbows with real fans, including all those students and Joe-the-farmers who come for the love of the game. The Skyboxing of America has been one of the biggest drags on our culture in the last quarter century. It's exemplified par excellence by a Congress that no longer talks to one another, but past one another. Republicans and Democrats live in different worlds and "skybox syndrome" has everything to do with it. Skyboxing = loss of common ground + loss of common experience. I suggest you read a little Michael Sandel:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-sandel/what-money-cant-buy_b_1442128.html

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biggunz 1 year, 11 months ago

yeah...so F@CK ALL Y'ALL HATERS!!!! LOL.......WHAT?!?!?!?!

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Pitthawk34 1 year, 11 months ago

I wonder if it is possible to raise the rood and add some luxury boxes in Allen and add about 4,000 seats. OSU did it. Is it possible without issues. i would love to se the day when all will hold 20,000 screaming maniacs.

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79ictjhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

What happened 27 years ago that caused us to not lead then?

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jhawkrulz 1 year, 11 months ago

How about road attendance?

That is the real measure.

Also, would be interesting to see some of the capacities with the Big XII. I would imagine that only UT would be close to the size of capacity.

Football we might not be top in attendance, but we did pretty good for the spring game.

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Jay Dogger 1 year, 11 months ago

A capacity of 16,300 is actually well above average for college hoops arenas. And I think it's cool that we're ranked even higher for total fans, which means we travel well (although I'm sure the Final 4 padded the number). I saw the game at USC last year and we were pretty much half the fans there (though it was during the school's winter break).

Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU! ... and our great attendance. Now let's get our football stadium Rock Chalkin' full!!!

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Ben Kane 1 year, 11 months ago

this headline is like saying the sky is blue.

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oldalum 1 year, 11 months ago

I wish they'd do these things based on percentage of capacity rather than raw numbers. It's a lot more impressive to have 16,400 people in an arena that holds 16,400, than to have 18,000 in an arena that holds 20,000. And yet that 18,000 would rank above the 16,400.

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JhawkalumJB 1 year, 11 months ago

Will we ever see the day when we rank in the top half in attendance for football, in our own conference?

I know we can't hang with Bevo and OU as far as capacity, but how bout the other schools. Jayhawk fans need to step up and represent!

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