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College hoops research: Construction, attendance, media

College arena construction

A record $810.7 million in college arena construction was completed last year. Nearly one-third of that total ($269 million) occurred as the result of the openings of seven new arenas. The year’s biggest project was the University of Illinois’ $169.5 million makeover of State Farm Center, formerly known as Assembly Hall.

1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
College arenas $89.2 $55.0 $98.0 $379.0 $393.3 $333.1 $503.9 $259.2 $642.5 $574.4 $396.9 $341.5 $314.4
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019+
College arenas $273.5 $413.5 $155.6 $540.2 $542.6 $434.8 $479.8 $597.4 $322.9 $810.7 $389.3 $232.6 $330.0

New for 2017

This year, two-thirds of the $389.3 million that will be spent on college arena construction will come via new venues for DePaul and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Wintrust Arena (Chicago)

DePaul University
Costs: $164.0 million
Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
General contractor: Prairie District3 Partners (coalition led by Clark Construction,  consists of Bulley & Andrews, Old Veteran Construction, McKissack & McKissack, Goettsch Partners and Moody Nolan)

NJIT Wellness and Events Center (Newark)

New Jersey Institute of Technology
Cost: $102.0 million
Architect: AECOM
General contractor: Torcon

Average NCAA Division I

Men’s home attendance

SEASON SCHOOLS AVERAGE
2016-17* 347 4,652
2015-16 346 4,744
2014-15 345 4,754
2013-14 345 4,817
2012-13 345 4,921

Annual attendance leader

SEASON SCHOOL AVERAGE
2016-17* Kentucky 23,462
2015-16 Kentucky 23,361
2014-15  Syracuse 23,854
2013-14 Syracuse 26,253
2012-13 Kentucky 23,099

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament attendance

EAR CHAMPIONSHIP TOTAL AVERAGE CITY STADIUM
2016 74,340 747,971 20,777 Houston NRG Stadium
2015 71,149 739,798 20,550 Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium
2014 79,238 739,189 20,533 Arlington, Texas Cowboys Stadium
2013 74,326 800,377 22,233 Atlanta Georgia Dome
2012 70,913 717,185 19,922 New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome

* Through March 5
Source: NCAA

Top schools in attendance

2016-17 RANK SCHOOL 2016-17* 2015-16 (RANK)
1 Kentucky 23,462 23,361 (1)
2 Syracuse 22,682 21,592 (2)
3 Louisville 20,846 20,859 (3)
4 North Carolina 18,067 18,326 (4)
5 Creighton 17,413 15,941 (10)
6 Wisconsin 17,286 17,287 (6)
7 Maryland 16,628 17,863 (5)
8 Kansas 16,395 16,436 (9)
9 Indiana 16,364 17,106 (7)
10 NC State 15,907 16,758 (8)
11 Nebraska 15,427 15,429 (11)
12 Arkansas 15,247 14,879 (12)
13 BYU 14,901 14,699 (14)
14 Michigan St. 14,797 14,797 (13)
15 Arizona 14,410 14,526 (15)
16 Iowa St. 14,275 14,270 (16)
17 Virginia 14,245 14,111 (18)
18 Purdue 13,819 13,662 (20)
19 Marquette 13,716 13,308 (21)
20 Tennessee 13,637 14,232 (17)
21 South Carolina 13,396 11,995 (31)
22 Dayton 13,018 12,941 (25)
23 Utah 12,519 12,997 (24)
24 Alabama 12,442 13,110 (22)
25 Iowa 12,372 13,835 (19)

* Through March 5
Source: NCAA

NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game trend

YEAR NETWORK(S) RATING VIEWERS (000s) MATCHUP
2016 TBS/TNT/truTV 10.6 17,752 Villanova-North Carolina
2015 CBS 16.0 28,263 Duke-Wisconsin
2014 CBS 12.4 21,196 UConn-Kentucky
2013 CBS 14.0 23,426 Louisville-Michigan
2012 CBS 12.3 20,869 Kentucky-Kansas
2011 CBS 11.7 20,055 UConn-Butler
2010 CBS 14.2 23,944 Duke-Butler
2009 CBS 10.8 17,649 North Carolina-Michigan State
2008 CBS 12.1 19,501 Kansas-Memphis
2007 CBS 12.2 19,563 Florida-Ohio State

Note: 2016 game featured team-centric simulcasts on TNT, truTV. Audience across all three networks is combined.
Source: Austin Karp, SportsBusiness Daily

March Madness Live: Complete men’s tournament (10 Platforms)

YEAR AVG. GAMES STREAMED PER VIEWER HOURS OF LIVE VIDEO CONSUMPTION
2016 3.7 18.1 million
2015 3.6 17.8 million
2014 3.4 15.0 million
2013 3.2 14.0 million
2012 2.6 4.6 million

Notes: Turner came onboard as full NCAA media partner in 2013. Hours in 2016 represent record for MML.
Source: Turner Sports

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