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Brown: Iowa attendance has fifth-largest bump in U.S.

[ 1 ] April 27, 2011 |

Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Coach Fran McCaffery was pleased with the fan support his first Iowa basketball team received in 2010-11.

“There were times when we struggled, and I think the thing that impressed me the most is that they hung in there with us while we were struggling,’’ McCaffery said in an interview with the Register earlier this month. “I think that had a great impact on our players.’’

Iowa struggled in the win-loss column, finishing 11-20. But there was a significant spike in attendance. According to figures released by the NCAA, Iowa had the nation’s fifth-largest bump in attendance last season.

Iowa’s announced attendance for 16 home games was 11,635, up from the 9,550 in the 2009-10 season that represented an all-time low in the building.  Iowa’s attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last season also ranked 31st nationally.

According to scanned attendance figures provided to the Register by the University of Iowa athletic department, average actual attendance was 7,256 overall and 7,823 in Big Ten games. In 2009-10, actual attendance averages were 5,160 overall and 6,482 in Big Ten games. Carver-Hawkeye Arena seats 15,500.

“They want to see a fast break, and they want to see an alley oop, and they want to see penetration, and they want to see the great runs,’’ McCaffery said. “And when we would make one of those runs the crowd was right in the middle of it. I think when a guy gets in his car and drives over to the game, he wants to be a part of it. He doesn’t necessarily want to be a spectator. He wants to be intimately involved.’’

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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