SummitWBB Posts Nation’s Highest Tournament Attendance Figure

ELMHURST, Ill. (March 31, 2015)  – The Summit League owns the highest session attendance mark of any NCAA Division I postseason conference this season while figures for the championship game and the entire tournament average outpaced all but one conference. Three of the league’s crowds ranked among the nation’s top nine session draws.

The Summit League record March 7 quarterfinal crowd of 8,171 is higher than any session reported across Division I women’s basketball. Among league championship games, The Summit League’s 6,926 was the second-highest figure, outpacing all “big five” conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC). Additionally, The Summit League’s semifinal drew 6,704 spectators, placing it as the third-best nationally in that category. In total, three Summit League sessions (quarterfinal I, semifinal and championship) ranked among the nation’s top nine crowds.

Overall, The Summit League average attendance of 6,099 ranked second nationally and outpaced each of the “big five” conferences by over 1,000 fans per session.

“Our attendance figures are staggering,” said Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple. “When comparing our numbers nationally, and in particular against the ‘big five’ conferences, it shows the interest level for our event. I couldn’t be happier. These figures are a true testament to the support we receive from all of our fans and the Sioux Falls community. Producing these types of crowds further solidifies our women’s tournament as being one of the best in the nation.”

The Summit League will serve as host for the 2016 NCAA Women’s Regional at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center next March.

Below is a breakdown of 2015 Division I women’s basketball tournament attendance figures nationwide.

2015 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT ATTENDANCE FIGURES

SINGLE SESSION
Rank Attendance League Session
1. 8,171 SUMMIT Quarterfinal I
2. 8,000 West Coast Championship
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7,110 West Coast Semifinal
7,110 West Coast Quarterfinal I
7,110 West Coast Quarterfinal II
6 7,108 ACC Semifinal
7. 6,926 SUMMIT Championship
8. 6,874 ACC Championship
9. 6,704 SUMMIT Semifinal
10. 6,677 American Quarterfinal I

 

TOURNAMENT AVERAGE PER SESSION
Rank Attendance League
1. 7,333 West Coast
2. 6,099 SUMMIT
3. 5,911 American
4. 5,090 ACC
5. 4,231 Big 12
6. 3,999 Pac-12
7. 3,984 SEC
8. 3,361 Big Ten
9. 2,939 Mountain West
10. 2,641 SWAC

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Rank Attendance League
1. 8,000 West Coast
2. 6,926 SUMMIT
3. 6,874 ACC
4. 6,817 MEAC
5. 6,499 American
6. 5,819 SEC
7. 5,195 Mountain West
8. 4,864 Pac-12
9. 4,804 Big 12
10. 4,131 Big Ten

 

SEMIFINALS
Rank Attendance League
1. 7,110 West Coast
2. 7,108 ACC
3. 6,704 SUMMIT
4. 6,531 American
5. 6,059 Pac-12
6. 5,642 Big Ten
7. 5,524 SEC
8. 4,580 Big 12
9. 4,519 SWAC
10. 3,589 Southern

 

QUARTERFINALS
Rank Attendance League Session
1. 8,171 SUMMIT Quarterfinal I
2. 7,110 West Coast Quarterfinal I
7,110 West Coast Quarterfinal II
4. 6,677 American Quarterfinal I
5. 5,848 ACC Quarterfinal II
6. 5,545 Pac-12 Quarterfinal II
7. 5,293 Big Ten Quarterfinal I
8. 5,177 American Quarterfinal II
9. 4,781 Big Ten Quarterfinal II
10. 4,630 SEC Quarterfinal I

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ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE

In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 65 All-Americans, 60 Academic All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league and to “See The Summit”, visit www.thesummitleague.org, follow on Twitter @thesummitleague, download The Summit League’s Front Row app, and watch the weekly “Inside The Summit League” show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.