MIAA leads nation in basketball attendance
Michael Bauer, sports editor
Whether it’s the Central Missouri men’s basketball team winning the 2014 NCAA Division II title or the PSU and Emporia State women ranking in the top 25, the MIAA conference has been represented well this past basketball season. Now, attendance figures have shown the MIAA to be the leader in that category as well.
According to the conference website, for the 2013-14 season, the MIAA led the nation in both men’s and women’s basketball attendance as the only league to average more than 1,000 fans per game for both. At 199 men’s games this season the conference drew 262,573 fans for an average of 1,319 while the women brought in 197,188 to 190 games for an average of 1,038 per game.
In the men’s category, two MIAA schools were in the top 10 as Fort Hays State averaged 3,081 supporters per game while UCM averaged 2,257 fans to rank third and seventh respectively. Washburn was 15th in the nation with 1,907 fans per game at the men’s contests.
For the women’s category, Fort Hays State took third nationally, drawing a total of 29,617 fans and averaging 1,851 per game. ESU took second with 29,617 total fans to average 1,847 per game. Washburn was the third conference institution in the top five, averaging 1,761 fans. UCM came in ninth with 1,366 fans per game.
The MIAA drew 469,761 fans between the men’s and women’s games for an average of 1,155 per contest. The Northern Sun league, which has two more schools than the MIAA, brought in 287,403 in attendance with an average of 1,228 to finish second behind the MIAA while the Lone Star conference was third with an average of 1,141.