LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Not that you needed any additional proof, but people around here appear to really enjoy college basketball.
For the first time in five years, the University of Kentucky men led the nation in total home attendance with 447,874 fans coming to 19 home dates at Rupp Arena. Only three schools, (UK, Syracuse and U of L) broke the 400,000 mark in home attendance.
As for overall number of fans seeing a team throughout the season, UK was once again the leader as 845,594 fans saw the Wildcats play at home, on the road and in neutral sites, over 100,000 more fans than second-place Wisconsin.
Syracuse is the leader in average home attendance. Since Rupp Arena opened for the 1976-'77 season, it is the only school to top Kentucky. The Wildcats have been the average home leaders in 17 of the last 20 seasons. Louisville had over 21-thousand fans per home game, good for third on the list for the season.
Here's the top five for the 2014-2015 season:
1. Syracuse 23,854
2. Kentucky 23,572
3. Louisville 21,386
4. North Carolina 19,582
5. Wisconsin 17,279
On the women's side, U of L was third (behind South Carolina and Tennessee) at 9,515 fans per home game. UK was seventh with 6,379 per game.
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