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  • Many Pac-12 Men's Basketball Teams See Attendance Down Despite Strong Play

    UCLA's attendance is down nearly 18%, which is third-worst in the conference

    Attendance for seven of the men’s basketball teams in the Pac-12 is down despite this being a season in which “half a dozen teams are popularly projected into the NCAA-tournament field,” according to Bud Withers of the SEATTLE TIMES. Crowds are down “dramatically in several cases,” as five schools have seen drops from a year ago of 8% or more. Utah is the only school in the conference that is “up by double-digit percentage points.” Some of the attendance problem “has to do with the competitive state of those programs.” However, there is “clearly more than that, as fans wrestle with Wednesday- and Sunday-evening games and inconsistent starting times.” UCLA is down nearly 18% as the “novelty from moving into renovated Pauley Pavilion last year has apparently dulled,” while Oregon State is down a similar percentage despite being “more of a force on the floor than it has been since the mid-1990s.” Oregon is down nearly 5%, but the school “faces some serious issues, ranging from donor burnout in Matthew Knight Arena (seats behind the benches cost $25,000 for a five-year right to buy tickets) to parking charges to the here-and-gone nature of its recent transfer-laden teams.” Washington and Washington State have the two “biggest decreases in the league.” WSU is down an “alarming” 41.2%, while UW’s 20.1% decrease “follows two straight years of roughly 9 percent drops” (SEATTLE TIMES, 2/12).

    PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL AVG. ATTENDANCE
    SCHOOL
    '14
    '13
    % +/-
    Arizona
    14,416
    14,157
    1.8%
    Arizona State
    6,317
    6,143
    2.8%
    California
    8,056
    8,297
    -3.0%
    Colorado
    9,546
    10,392
    -8.1%
    Oregon
    7,161
    7,602
    -4.8%
    Oregon State
    3,938
    4,784
    -17.7%
    Stanford
    4,972
    4,530
    9.8%
    UCLA
    7,852
    9,549
    -17.8%
    USC
    4,615
    4,242
    8.8%
    Utah
    9,972
    8,611
    15.8%
    Washington
    6,345
    7,937
    -20.1%
    Washington State
    2,882
    4,901
    -41.2%

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