UK Men's Basketball

Kentucky leads nation in attendance for eighth straight year

UK fans cheered for the cameras during ESPN's GameDay broadcast from Rupp Arena on Saturday.  Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
UK fans cheered for the cameras during ESPN's GameDay broadcast from Rupp Arena on Saturday. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

The University of Kentucky led the nation in home men's basketball attendance for the eighth consecutive year in 2012-13.

The Wildcats averaged 23,099 fans for their 18 home games, beating out Syracuse (22,439) and Louisville (21,571).

Kentucky became the nation's attendance leader for the 17th time in 18 years.

Rupp Arena's listed capacity is 23,000, meaning UK has filled the venue past capacity in all four of John Calipari's seasons at the school, UK said on its Cat Scratches blog.

Since Rupp Arena opened for the 1976-77 season, UK has ranked either first or second in attendance every season. Only Syracuse has ranked ahead of Kentucky during that time.


Attendance leaders

The top 10 Division I teams in 2012-13:

1. Kentucky 23,099

2. Syracuse 22,439

3. Louisville 21,571

4. North Carolina 19,350

5. Indiana 17,412

6. Creighton 17,155

7. Wisconsin 16,843

8. Tennessee 16,635

9. Ohio State 16,524

10. Kansas 16,438

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