May 11, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — For the second consecutive season under head coach Fran McCaffery, the Iowa men’s basketball team increased home attendance, finishing the 2011-12 season ranked 31st in the country.
An average of 11,908 fans per game watched the Iowa men’s basketball team in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in 2012, an increase of 273 fans per game than 2011. However, if you look at Iowa’s attendance during its nine-game conference schedule, when the Black and Gold began their upswing, the Hawkeyes drew an average of 1,066 more fans this season than a year ago during league action.
“We can’t thank Hawkeye fans enough,” said McCaffery. “We truly appreciate the continued support our tremendous fans provide our program. Carver-Hawkeye Arena was rocking the last month of the season. The Hawks Nest and all our fans really helped create a remarkable game atmosphere with increased enthusiasm and excitement.”
Iowa played a total of 32 games, home and away, averaging 13,515 fans, an average that ranked 21st nationally in 2012.
The Big Ten led the nation in men’s basketball attendance for the 36th consecutive season. The Big Ten led all conferences with an average attendance of 12,868, which is more than 1,300 higher than the next-closest conference (Southeastern).