Basketball Attendance

Jeantal Cylla, a freshman, greets fans Nov. 5 during the Razorbacks’ win against Rice University.

Attendance at Razorback men’s basketball home games has been eight times higher on average than at women’s home basketball games over the past 10 years.

At the end of the 2018-19 season, the total number of people who attended the men’s team’s home games was 275,012, and the women’s team saw a total of 41,469 –– almost seven-times lower but still the highest attendance the women’s team has seen in the past 10 years.

The 2018-19 season saw a big jump in attendance compared to the 2017-2018 season, which drew 26,824 attendees for the women’s basketball team.

During the 2017-18 season, which was the first season for current head coach Mike Neighbors, the women’s basketball team had a record of 13-18, which was one of the lowest of the last 10 years. So far in the 2019-20 season, the women’s team has garnered a crowd of 13,183 people as of Nov. 30. There are 19 total home games scheduled for this season, but the team has only played seven. They are on track for another popular season, with anticipated crowds of around 36,000 for the season if attendance continues on the same trend.

The women’s team had one of their most successful seasons of the decade in the 2019-20 season with a record of 22-15. It was their most successful season since the 2010-11 season with a record of 22-12. 

Men’s basketball games have had an attendance of 80,176 this season, as of Nov. 30.

Attendance at men’s basketball games peaked in the 2014-15 season when the team was under former coach Mike Anderson. The team drew a crowd of 283,485 people across the season and had an overall record of 27-9 that season, which remains their most successful record of the decade followed closely by the 2016-17 season with a record of 26-10.

By comparison, Auburn University, which is a school of similar size to the UofA, had an attendance total of 138,650 people at men’s basketball games during the 2018-19 season. Women’s basketball games drew a crowd of 27,259.

At the University of Mississippi, 125,061 people attended men’s basketball games in the 2018-19 season while 33,117 attended women’s games.

Razorback Athletics officials were not available for comment.

Andrew Elkins is the associate news editor of the Arkansas Traveler. He worked as a reporter and photographer from 2018-2019.

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