Attendance Soaring For Iowa State Men's Hoops
AMES, Iowa - National attendance figures in college basketball indicate that overall fan support has dropped significantly in recent years. Not so at Iowa State.
The Cyclones have been virtually the polar opposite, bucking the trend and increasing their attendance numbers to near-record marks in the last two seasons.
Iowa State ended its 17-game home slate on Wednesday with a win over No. 13 Oklahoma State by averaging 13,393 fans per game, the best single-season average in 20 years. ISU averaged 13,597 fans per game in 1992-93 and has eclipsed the 13,000-fan mark just three times since, twice in the last two seasons.
ISU currently ranks second in the Big 12 in attendance and will most likely be among the nation's top-25 for the second consecutive season, as the Cyclones sold-out Hilton Coliseum six times in 2012-13.
Success and style of play certainly help. ISU has established one of the best homecourt advantages. "Hilton Magic" is alive and kicking. The Cyclones are 32-3 in Hilton Coliseum in the last two seasons, mounting a 22-game homecourt winning streak during this stretch.
ISU's 22-game string tied for the second-best streak in school history and it was the third-best run in the nation when it ended in a controversial overtime loss to No. 6 Kansas on March 25.
Throw in the fact that the Cyclones can flat-out score - ISU is one of only four teams in the nation averaging 80 points or more - and the admiration of Iowa State's own in head coach Fred Hoiberg, it's easy to see how Cyclone fans have become attached to the program.
Click on the link above to view a graph with attendance figures from schools across the nation.
Thank you Cyclone Nation for your support!
Top Iowa State Attendance Totals Since 1992-93
1. 1992-93, 13,597
2. 2012-13, 13,393
3. 2007-08, 13,316
4. 2011-12, 13,015
5. 1994-95, 12,653
Best Homecourt Winning Percentages In Hilton Coliseum
1. 1999-00 (100%, 18-0)
2. 1992-93 (100%, 16-0)
3. 2000-01 (100%, 16-0)
4. 1985-86 (100%, 13-0)
5. 2003-04 (94.4%, 17-1)
6. 2012-13 (94.1%, 16-1)
7. 2011-12 (88.9%, 16-2)