July 9, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin always receives great support from its fan base and this past season was no different. Over 1.3 million Wisconsin fans attended more than 130 UW home sporting events during the 2009-10 athletic season. As a result, six teams placed in the top 15 nationally in home attendance.
The football team played in front of 560,764 fans over seven home games, averaging 80,109 per contest to rank 15th in the nation. The Badgers have now been ranked 15th or better in national attendance every year since 2002.
Men’s hockey averaged 15,048 fans, the highest average per game attendance in NCAA history. It also marked the 12th straight season and the 36th time in the last 41 seasons that the team was ranked No. 1 in attendance.
The team also established a new single-game school record as 55,031 fans attended the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic on Feb. 6. It was the second-largest crowd for an NCAA hockey game and the fourth-largest for any North American outdoor hockey game.
For the fourth season in a row, the women’s hockey team led the country in attendance, averaging 2,227 fans over 20 games. The women’s team also made history at the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic, setting a single-game NCAA record by playing in front of 8,263 fans.
Men’s basketball sold out each of its home games for the seventh straight season and pushed its sellout streak to 122 games. By playing in front of 17,230 fans for all 17 home games in the 2009-10 season, the Badgers led the Big Ten in attendance for the third year in a row and ranked sixth nationally.
Women’s basketball ranked 13th in the NCAA in attendance, its highest ranking since placing 13th in 2004. Averaging 5,635 fans per game put the Badgers third in the Big Ten, their highest showing in the conference since taking second in 2002.
Volleyball has led the Big Ten in attendance and finished in the top-three nationally for four straight seasons and nine of the past 10 years. In 2009, the Badgers averaged 4,064 fans in 13 home matches to lead the conference and rank third nationally.
NCAA Attendance Leaders, 2009-10
- Ranks based on average-per-event attendance
1. Michigan - 108,933
15. Wisconsin - 80,109
1. Kentucky - 24,111
6. Wisconsin - 17,230
1. Wisconsin - 15,048
2. North Dakota - 11,654
1. Hawaii - 6,423
3. Wisconsin - 4,064
1. Tennessee - 12,896
13. Wisconsin - 5,635
1. Wisconsin - 2,227
2. Minnesota - 1,131