The most impressive school on this list is Tennessee. UT had a mediocre team and a first-year coach, yet the Vol Nation still filled up Thompson-Boling. UT is in the top ten in attendance in football (for a 5-7 team), men's basketball (for an NIT team), and women's basketball. No other school can come close to that!
@JohnVol Creighton has 4206 undergrads, yep they actually are small enough those six at the end of the 4200 stand out, and still put ....... 16,655 per game in the stands, each game. Thats about 4 times the number of butts in the stands than undergrads. Wow. I mean Wow. Tennessee had a very good year, as you have pointed out, and with the season they had, yeah ku-do's, but Tennessee's fraction of the number of undergraduates as butts in seats versus FOUR TIMES as many for Creighton qualifies as the most impressive? Come on, not even close. Still impressive, but you gotta give Creighton their due, impressive.
@OldArmy Creighton is so popular in Omaha since they have no pro sports (plus the arena is pretty new and the Blue jays have been pretty good since it opened). It; trendy in Omaha to go to Creighton games right now. Not saying it;s not impressive; however. It's just a lot easier to draw from the 800k in the Omaha area for a bball game vs. a nobody on a weeknight than it is in a typical college town 60-100 miles from a major metro area vs. a nobody on a weeknight even with a larger student body. Marquette doing in nearly as well in a (slightly) larger meto area WITH an NBA team (and UW Milwaukee also a Div. 1 team) is just as impressive.
I have been to Omaha, and you speak the truth Kimosabe. Omaha is one of the most boring spots I have ever been, and I was in the desert for 9 months AND lived in College Station, Texas. If they had a tiddly wink contest in Omaha it would probably draw 1,000 people (well may be only 900 paying fans). But, towns and cities like Omaha are where small sports venues still work real well, which is one of the reasons the city built that arena. They are the home team and that is a great thing, but Creighton figured out how to draw based on their dynamics. That is impressive management, great advertising, community outreach, etc. And, those are THEIR FANS, just like the folks who never went to the University of Tennessee but who bought tickets for the games. Their butts still count as butts in the seat.
Ku-do's to any athletic director who can figure out how to get it done.
@OldArmy Good for Creighton, but you missed the point. UT supports all of its sports teams to a degree seen nowhere else. That's all I'm saying.
For example...LSU average over 90,000 in football and is in the top ten in attendance every year, but in basketball they're at less than 9K a game. UT is unique in that it supports both at a top ten level.
@OldArmy You replied to my comment specifically, not the article. When I say "you missed the point" I was referencing the point of my original comment. Ya know, the one you replied to...
Please try to keep up.
@JohnVol Uh, that's why I said, "Tennessee had a very good year, as you said," but the story had to do with just basketball. So, write in a story about Tennessee's attendance in combined sports against everybody else in combined sports.