Big 12 Tournament Twice Breaks Attendance Record
The Big 12 tournament title game yesterday between Kansas and Kansas State at the Sprint Center in K.C. was played before a crowd of 19,256, which "broke the single-session record of 19,160 set during Friday's semifinals." Yesterday's crowd also was a "record for a sporting event at the Sprint Center, breaking the previous record set Friday" (K.C. STAR, 3/17).
Attendance for yesterday’s Pac-12 championship game was 11,101 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. That figure is “up from a year ago when the tournament was played” at Staples Center in L.A., where it “averaged 8,936 per session for six sessions.” Through the first five sessions at the MGM, the “average attendance was 10,529, with Friday’s semifinals selling out” (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 3/17).
The MAC tournament semifinals on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland saw 10,324 in attendance for the Akron-Kent State and Ohio Univ.-Western Michigan games. The lower bowl for yesterday's final between Akron and OU "was full, leading officials at The Q to open the curtain in the upper bowl as 12,102 fans were on hand" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 3/17).