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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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