MAC Basketball Attendance Up 5,200 in 1999-2000

Updated 6/28/2000

Mid-American Conference men's basketball attendance increased by almost 5,200 people in 1999-2000, contibuting to an overall NCAA Division I attendance record.

The MAC averaged nearly 4,000 fans per game for a total of 664,318 during the regular season and averaged just under 7,000 fans per session at the MAC 2000 Basketball Tournament in Cleveland's Gund Arena.

Three MAC teams ranked among the nation's top 100 in attendance: Ohio, Toledo and Ball State. Ohio ranked No. 68, drawing nearly 100,000 fans on the year with a 7,474 average attendance. Toledo was No. 88, averaging 5,799 fans a game, while Ball State registered at No. 90 with a 5,587 average.

The MAC men's numbers helped to boost the Division I total to an eight-year high as the total of 24,281,774 fans marks the first time that Division I attendance has topped the 24 million mark. The previous record was set in 1992 when 23,893,993 fans watched games that involved at least one Division I team.