Dayton basketball ranks 23rd in the nation in attendance 


The Dayton Flyers drew an average of 12,996 fans to UD Arena for men’s basketball games last season, good for No. 23 in the nation. 

Despite a 14-17 season, attendance was down only slightly from the previous season when the Flyers won the Atlantic 10 and set a school/UD Arena record by drawing 13,018 per game (that ranked 22nd nationally). 

>>A REAL GEM: UD Arena shines in championship night

Unlike the previous season, UD did not lead the state of Ohio in college basketball attendance. 

In a resurgent season under new coach Chris Holtmann, Ohio State drew 13,495 fans to rank 21st in the nation and seventh in the Big Ten. 

That is up from an average of 12,324 in the last season under coach Thad Matta but still well below the capacity of Value City Arena of 19.049. 

>>RELATED: Ohio State’s basketball arena probably never should have been built

According to figures released by the NCAA this week, the Atlantic 10 was ninth among Division I conferences with an average of 4,853 fans per game (up 122 from the previous season). 

Among conferences that aren’t part of football’s Power 5, the Big East was fifth in attendance (10,371), the Mountain West was seventh (6,738) and the AAC was eighth (5,569). 

Wittenberg ranked eighth nationally in Division III with an average of 1,089 fans per game. 

That trailed Wooster, Marietta and John Carroll among teams in Ohio. 

The Tigers’ 78-77 win over Wooster on Feb. 17 was the fifth-most attended game in Division III last season. 

>>FLASHBACK: Wittenberg tops Wooster in thriller for NCAC title 


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch in today’s game at Carolina
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch in today’s game at Carolina

The Cincinnati Bengals are looking for their first 3-0 start in three years when they face the Carolina Panthers on the road Sunday. The Bengals opened the 2015 season 8-0 and went on to make the playoffs for a fifth straight year but haven’t been back since. This season already feels much different than a year ago when they finished 7-9 for...
Ohio State notes: Haskins continues showcase accuracy
Ohio State notes: Haskins continues showcase accuracy

J.T. Barrett broke almost all the school passing records the last four seasons, not to mention a bunch of Big Ten marks. The way he’s playing in his first season as a starter, Dwayne Haskins won’t stick around the college game long enough to challenge any career marks. Haskins continued to compile stats worthy of the Heisman Trophy in his...
HS Roundup 9/22: Packnett paces Dunbar football in win over Woodward

Greg Packnett passed for 145 yards and three touchdowns in helping spur Dunbar football to a 22-20 win versus Woodward at Welcome Stadium on Saturday night. Packnett connected with James Murray and Bryce Smith on TD passes in the first half and hit Jaquan Lusbourgh with the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter. Aaron Richardson tacked on the...
HS Scores 9/22: Carroll finishes strong in Midwest Catholic race

Football Saturday’s Results Dunbar 22, Woodward 20 Landmark Christian 34, Middletown Christian 13 Friday’s Results Allen East 50, Delphos Jefferson 6 Alter 45, Fenwick 20 Anderson 47, Withrow 12 Badin 42, Roger Bacon 35, OT Bellbrook 21, Franklin 17 Bellefontaine 14, Ben Logan 6 Brookville 42, Carlisle 2 Butler 13, Xenia 7, OT Celina 42...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s blowout of Tulane
5 things to know about Ohio State’s blowout of Tulane

Ohio State rolled Tulane 49-6 on Saturday to end a rocky couple of months for the program.  So maybe it was only natural the state’s official rock song would be what brought Urban Meyer back to normal coaching the fourth-ranked Buckeyes.  “Between the third and fourth quarter, hearing the band play, ‘Hang on Sloopy.&rsquo...
More Stories