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Badgers Lead Big Ten in Hoops Attendance For 8th Time in 9 Years

MADISON (Press Release) - For the fourth-consecutive season and the eighth time in the last nine years, Wisconsin led the Big Ten in men's basketball attendance in 2010-11 according to recent figures released by the NCAA. The Badgers also ranked seventh nationally, selling out every game at the Kohl Center this season, at a capacity 17,230 per game.

The 2010-11 season marked the eighth-consecutive year that Wisconsin has sold out every home game. Overall, UW has sold out 138 consecutive games at the Kohl Center.

"I want to say thank you to everybody who has been a part of this program, including the fans." Bo Ryan recently said to fans at the team's season-ending reception. "The fans are very special to us and we know that it's quite a commitment you make. Don't ever change who you are and what you represent. We always know that we have the Badger family supporting us."

The Big Ten Conference led the nation in men's basketball attendance for the 35th consecutive season. The Big Ten led all conferences with an average of 12,826 fans per home game, which was more than 1,500 fans more than the next-closest conference.

During the 2010-11 regular season, the Big Ten welcomed 2,475,440 fans through the gates over 193 games, marking the 19th-straight year the conference has eclipsed the two-million mark in total attendance.

Wisconsin was one of seven Big Ten schools ranked in the top 25 in average attendance, while no other conference had more than four top-25 programs. Joining UW in the top 25 are Illinois at No. 10 (15,851), followed by No. 12 Indiana (15,259), No. 13 Ohio State (15,125), No. 15 Michigan State (14,797), No. 17 Purdue (13,916) and No. 24 Minnesota (13,241).


Courtesy: UW Press Release

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