Kentucky leads country in home attendance for 2016-17

The Big Blue Nation has done it yet again.

For the 19th time in the last 22 seasons, Kentucky led the country in average home attendance, according to national attendance figures released Tuesday by the NCAA. UK led the way with an average of 23,461 fans per home game. Kentucky’s highest attended game last season (24,431 fans) was on Feb. 25 when it defeated then-No. 13/12 Florida, 76-66.

Kentucky led the nation with an average of 23,461 fans per home game last season. (photo by Chet White, UK Athletics)

Kentucky has ranked either first or second in average home attendance figures every season since famed Rupp Arena opened for the 1976-77 season. UK’s average home attendance figure has topped the 23,000 mark in seven of head coach John Calipari’s eight seasons in the Bluegrass.

Nearly 400,000 fans (398,850 to be exact) attended Kentucky’s 17 home games last season. UK was one of only three schools to have more than 300,000 fans attend its home games.

A total of 706,331 fans attended Kentucky’s home, road and neutral site contests in 2016-17. That also led the country. UK set the NCAA record in 2013-14 when 922,653 fans attended all of its games.

The Southeastern Conference, which featured three teams in the Elite Eight in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, had the third-highest attendance among all NCAA Division I conferences.

A total of 31,859,477 fans attended Divisions I, II and III college basketball games in 2016-17.