Purdue Athletics announced on Friday that the men’s basketball team set a school record with an average attendance of 14,467 fans per game, a capacity percentage of 97.72 percent.
The fan support helped Purdue achieve a 15-0 home record, good for its third unbeaten season in Mackey Arena history. The unbeaten home record exists within a larger trend of Mackey Arena becoming a hornet’s nest for non-conference and Big Ten opponents. Over its last four seasons, Purdue is 63-4 at home - a mark that is the best in the country.
The 14,467 fans per game was good for 14th nationally, the highest Purdue’s achieved since being 12th in the 1997-98 season.
Purdue isn’t alone in the Big Ten when it comes to impressive fan attendance. The Big Ten conference announced last Friday that the conference led the nation in attendance for the 43rd consecutive year. The 2018-19 season saw 3,121,962 fans see Big Ten action. That mark is only slightly surpassed by the Big Ten in the 2015-16 season.
The Big Ten has led the nation in college basketball attendance 43 years in a row after finishing No. 1 in 2018-19.— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) August 2, 2019
The chart: pic.twitter.com/DabfzzPsWY
With both the Boilermakers and the Big Ten looking solid for the upcoming year, expect to see similar numbers for the 2019-20 season.