Minnesota’s Attendance up 2.5% in Pitino’s First Year

Minnesota’s Attendance up 2.5% in Pitino’s First Year
December 29, 2013

Summary of averages:

2013-14 2012-13 % inc
All NonConf  11,289 11,016 2.5%
Weekends  11,983 11,578 3.5%
Weekdays  10,735 10,455 2.7%

The Gophers announced attendance of 11,855 last night brought their season average up to 11,289 in 9 nonconference home games. A year ago, Minnesota’s nonconference average was 11,016 (in 8 games).

Last December we looked at a history of attendance through 7 games. At that time the Gophers were averaging 10,501. Through 7 this year, Minnesota was at 11,123 (an increase of 5.9%).

Last season’s final nonconference home game was against Minnesotan Seth Hinrich (who has had an impressive 2013-14 season, but is currently out with a knee injury) and Lafayette. Minnesota had reached #13 in the AP poll and the game drew a full house. That closed up the 5.9% gap considerably.

The following chart illustrates the year-to-date average attendance after each of the first 8 home games of 2013-14 and 2012-13, respectively.
attendance through 7 201314

Going forward it will be a challenge to match last year’s Big Ten attendance levels. Minnesota’s high national rankings and profile in January 2013 boosted their door revenues. The Gophers hope to have a full house of supporters Thursday night when last season’s national runners up – the Michigan Wolverines – visit Williams Arena. Game time is 6pm CT and tickets are available.

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