ACC Basketball Attendance Rises in 2015

A combination of new conference members and programs on the rise helped the ACC men’s and women’s basketball attendance figures increase according to an NCAA release.

On the men’s side, Syracuse took home the home attendance title for the second consecutive year edging out Kentucky with an average of 28,854 fans per contest. Overall, the Orange drew 429,378 to the Carrier Dome.

Louisville was third in the nation with an average attendance of 21,386 while North Carolina came in fourth (19,582), North Carolina State 12th (15,436), and Virginia finished 23rd (13,656).

The largest increase in the country in total attendance came at NC State where 2,795 more people showed up per game. Virginia’s dominance drew 1,972 more fans which was good for third best and UNC came in ninth with an increase of 1,556.

Interestingly, Virginia Tech was the only other ACC school to post an attendance increase that rated in the top 30. The Hokies drew 933 more fans last season thanks to the renewed interest Buzz Williams has brought to Cassell Coliseum. That number put Tech 29th in improved attendance nationally.

On the women’s side, Louisville was third in the nation (9,515 per game) in total attendance while Notre Dame came in fifth (8,544). Florida State notched the sixth largest attendance increase in the country drawing an average 1,007 more fans per game.

The conference set an overall attendance record on the women’s side (795,523 total) and ranked fourth nationally while the men were second (3,069,296 total) only to the Big Ten which has led the nation in average attendance for 39 consecutive years.

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