Tennessee basketball ranked No. 8 in attendance in 2012-13, slight increase in ticket sales

Tennessee looks on from the bench late in the second half against Mercer during the first round of the NIT Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mercer won 75-67 over Tennessee. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee looks on from the bench late in the second half against Mercer during the first round of the NIT Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mercer won 75-67 over Tennessee. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee ranked among the top 10 in men’s college basketball attendance for the eighth straight year in 2012-13 and saw a slight increase in ticket sales.

According to the newly released NCAA attendance report, the Vols ranked No. 8 nationally among all men’s programs last season. Though UT’s overall rank dropped for the fourth straight year, the program saw average attendance at Thompson-Boling Arena rise from 16,543 per game to 16,635 last season.

UT drew 282,794 total fans.

The Vols averaged 19,895 fans per game from 2007 through 2010, ranking fourth nationally in attendance each year. Since then, that figure dropped to 18,952 (fifth) in 2011 and 16,543 (seventh) in 2012.

The 2012-13 top-10 is comprised of Kentucky (23,099 per game), Syracuse (22,439), Louisville (21,571), North Carolina (19,350), Indiana (17,412), Creighton (17,155), Wisconsin (16,843), Tennessee (16,635), Ohio St. (16,524) and Kansas (16,438).

Kentucky led the country in attendance for the seventh straight year and 17th time in the past 18 seasons.

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Comments » 11

brod writes:

not bad. maybe the team can reflect the good attendance this year.

LiveFaith writes:

A pet peeve of mine. Maybe it's b/c a government "agency" is deceiving yet again?

The peeve is the outright FALSE attendance figures at BBall and FB games. They are not accurate by any measure of attendance.

Oh, they count "tickets sold" etc etc. Then call it "tickets sold /donated" etc. Quite deceiving people into thinking it's humans attending the games.

If every institution lies about this at the same rate, then maybe a #8 ranking has meaning. Unless that can be validated, then this ranking is nothing more than Blue Sky Mining.

scvols writes:

Maybe we can get up to a 8th ranking in the polls.

DonK37920 writes:

We could easily get back in the top 5 after August 23, 2014!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Where's Memphis??

alfrizzle097 writes:

Wonder where Tennessee would rank if every team had a facility the size of TBA to leave empty like UT does...

The fan support is absolutely awful except at the headline games. This ranking really just reflects the massive proportions of the arena.

Orange_Beach writes:

Yeah, but we can't fill up our footbawl stadium.

hikerdude writes:

Another 20-10 season of Gene Keedy basketball will empty more seats.

voloffaith writes:

in response to hikerdude:

Another 20-10 season of Gene Keedy basketball will empty more seats.

Yes, Coach KEADY had winning teams at Purdue. Optimism abounds in Green Acres.....Gee Mr. Douglas.....Oliver...Oliver....about as relevant as what I responded to....

johnlg00 writes:

in response to LiveFaith:

A pet peeve of mine. Maybe it's b/c a government "agency" is deceiving yet again?

The peeve is the outright FALSE attendance figures at BBall and FB games. They are not accurate by any measure of attendance.

Oh, they count "tickets sold" etc etc. Then call it "tickets sold /donated" etc. Quite deceiving people into thinking it's humans attending the games.

If every institution lies about this at the same rate, then maybe a #8 ranking has meaning. Unless that can be validated, then this ranking is nothing more than Blue Sky Mining.

I'm pretty sure everybody reports attendance the same way. If they didn't, then the rankings would indeed have no meaning. It would not seem to be an insuperable problem to actually, you know, COUNT everybody as they come through the gates, but it seems they don't do it that way. This is not "lying", it's just a result of the parameters they consider for the purpose of these rankings. From the schools' point of view, actual attendance is less important than the number of "tickets sold/donated" except for parking and sales of concessions and memorabilia, though of course they would make more money if every seat sold were actually occupied.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Orange_Beach:

Yeah, but we can't fill up our footbawl stadium.

I didn't realize bammer was having difficulty selling out home games?? I knew they had terrible basketball attendance though.

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