Feb 1, 2014; Syracuse, NY, USA; A Syracuse Orange cheerleader interacts with the crowd during a timeout in the second half of a game against the Duke Blue Devils at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse Orange Basketball Leads Nation in Attendance

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team, for the first time since 2005, led the nation in total attendance for the 2013-2014 season.

After playing 18 home games at the Carrier Dome, the Orange accumulated a total attendance of 472,550, an average of 26,253 people per game. The College Gameday game against Duke on February 1st probably didn’t hurt the cause, as the 35,446 people that showed up set the record for the largest on-campus crowd in college basketball history. The Orange also had the second largest increase in average attendance this season, going up 3,813 people per game game on average from the 22,439 average in the 2012-2013 campaign.

The Kentucky Wildcats finished second in total attendance with 413,350, almost 60,000 less than the Orange. The Wildcats did however beat out the Orange in total attendance for all games with 922,653, almost 300,000 more than the second place Orange (654,165). The University of North Carolina ranked fourth in the country with 324,458 as their total attendance. They were the only other ACC school to land indie the top ten in total attendance for Division I basketball programs. The ACC was the second-highest conference in attendance, grossing a total attendance of  2,846,379 and an average of 10,661.

You can take a look at the full list of NCAA basketball attendance here.

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