Men’s Basketball Team Finishes Second in Final NCAA III Attendance Figures
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Calvin College is once again among the NCAA III leaders in men’s basketball attendance. Calvin finished second in this year’s standings with an average of 2,135 fans per game. MIAA rival Hope repeated as the NCAA III attendance champion in men’s basketball for the eighth straight year as it averaged 2,836 fans a game during the 2009-2010 season. Hope’s attendance crown is its 12th.
Combined, Calvin and Hope have now combined to win the last 12 NCAA III attendance crowns.
Calvin’s 2009-2010 average was strengthened by a crowd of 4,468 fans on January 6 against Hope at Van Noord Arena. Overall, Calvin drew 36,298 fans over 17 home dates. Calvin topped 2,000 fans in eight of its 17 home dates.
Calvin and Hope helped the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association to top all Division III conferences for the 19th straight year with an average of 1,006 fans a game. The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin finished second with an average of 777 fans a game.
Calvin holds the NCAA III single-season record with an average of 4,018 fans established during the 1992-93 season. Calvin also holds the NCAA III single game attendance record with 11,442 fans for its January 29, 1997 game against Hope at the VanAndel Arena. Calvin has captured 13 overall NCAA III attendance crowns including 12 in the last 21 years.
The full attendance figures for all three divisions of NCAA men’s basketball for the past year can be found on the NCAA web site at: 2009-10 NCAA Men’s Basketball Attendance Figures
NCAA III Men’s Basketball Attendance Champions
1979, Savannah State
1980, Savannah State
1981, Potsdam State
1982, Wisconsin-Stevens Point
1983, Augustana (IL)
1985, Wisconsin-Stevens Point
1998, Illinois Wesleyan