ELMHURST, Ill. – The Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament ranked among the top-10 for highest average attendance during the 2014-15 Division I season according to the recently released NCAA attendance report. Among 22 traditional mid-major leagues, The Summit ranked second for highest average tournament attendance.
With a league record 8,903 fans per session at the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, The Summit League placed ninth out of 30 tournaments across Division I.
Overall, The Summit League is one of 12 Division I leagues to see an attendance increase during the 2014-15 men's basketball season. The league placed 20th among the 32 conferences and 10th among 22 traditional mid-majors. An average of 2,192 fans attended the 129 games held at Summit League venues in 2014-15, a total that does not include Omaha, due to its reclassification period to Division I.
IUPUI ranked 30th on the NCAA's list of largest average attendance increase over the previous season. The Jaguars more than doubled attendance during their first season at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from nine member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. In 2014-15, The Summit League completed its fourth straight season with both a top-20 league RPI finish and a league-record four teams in national postseason tournaments. Called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today, The Summit League Basketball Championships further established itself as one of the nation's top tournaments by smashing league attendance figures in five-of-six categories, including total attendance by an astounding 33 percent, at the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. This season's tournament returns to the venue March 5-8, 2016. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit the newly re-designed www.thesummitleague.org website, follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.