As the Iowa men’s basketball team’s success rises so its fans.
The Hawkeye hoops squad averaged 14,976 fans per game over the 17 home contests last season and that resulted in a national ranking of 17th.
In 2013-14, Iowa sold out 11 home games, including 8-of-9 Big Ten contests and it was the 20th time in program history that Iowa reached the top 20 in national attendance.
“Our fan base is incredible and this ranking is a reflection of the phenomenal support our fans give us every home game,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “Hawkeye fans make Carver-Hawkeye Arena a special place; our team feeds off their energy and enthusiasm. We are extremely thankful and proud to play in front of such knowledgeable and passionate fans.”
Not only did the fans help Iowa climb back into the top 20 nationally of per game attendance. They also assisted in helping the Hawkeyes have the ninth best improvement over the previous year.
Iowa also has rewarded the home fans most of the time as the Hawkeyes have won 22 of their last 26 games.
Basketball is not the only sport that gets great home crowds at Iowa. The school also ranked as just one of four schools in the country to be ranked in the top 25 in attendance in men’s basketball, women’s basketball (22nd) and football (23rd).
Additionally, the Iowa wrestling program led the country in attendance at home events in 2013-14, averaging nearly 9,000 fans per home dual match.
The Big Ten Conference overall led the nation in national attendance in men’s basketball for the 38th straight season. Nearly 2.9 million fans witnessed Big Ten games in 2013-14 and seven schools in the league ranked in the top 20 nationally in per game attendance.