BYU and Utah basketball, two programs headed in opposite directions.Recent attendance is proof of that:Feb 17th, Portland(10-18) at
BYU(18-8) - 17,009Feb 18th, #9 Arizona(21-4) at Utah(11-14) - 11,712Even if you go with the inflated "reported" attendance for the
Arizona/Utah game, it's clear that interest in BYU basketball dwarfs the
interest in basketball on the hill. The disparity is even greater when you
consider the hundreds of empty seats below concourse that dropped the actual
number of Utah fans in attendance to well below 10,000.It's
easy to understand why.The Cougars play an exciting, up tempo style
of basketball and win - 11th in scoring.The misnamed
"Runnin'" Utes, play a plodding, ugly style of basketball and lose
- 243rd in scoring.
Only losing 10 home games during the last 8 years is a testament to the
excellence of the basketball program Dave Rose has built at BYU.---------TheSportsAuthoritySo what you're really
saying is that BYU has AVERAGED more fans EVERY season since 2005-2006, than
fans who bothered showing up for Utah's game against #9 Arizona? PAC who?
As disappointing as that buzzer-beating loss to Saint Mary's and that
lights out 3-point shooting loss to San Francisco were, BYU has done an
excellent job of defending their home court during the Dave Rose era.
Deseret News--please hire Teeples to write more often, this was well researched
and well written... and the UofU jab was gravy. Go Cougs!
Uhh, BYU's attendance at football games is also greater than Utah's.
Maybe there are more BYU fans in the state of Utah (and elsewhere) than people
on the hill would like us all to believe.
Glad to see fans returning to the Marriott Center, and to a lesser extent, the
Huntsman Center.The Utes still have a long ways to go to get to the
level of Utah's late 90's glory days.It's too bad the
PAC 12 decided to schedule Utah's biggest home game of the season on a
Best homecourt advantage with the best atmosphere and the best fans in the
@Ryan TeeplesLet's not forget the fact that BYU also averages
higher attendance in the ESA than the team on the hill averaged in the HC.
Gotta love attendance smack.I heard that their was a "ward"
deal on campus for one of the games too. Bring your whole ward and get in for
$20. Not per person but THE WHOLE WARD. That's like .15 a pop.
Utah greatly exagerrates their attendance figures.No way they are
averaging 8k a game.Just look in the stands.I guess empty red chairs
utahcountyute"Gotta love attendance smack."Then
you must be thrilled with the high school gyms with pull-out bleachers smack.You're just jealous that the Utes have only won the home attendance
war a couple of times in the last 30 years in basketball and NEVER in
football.Less than 10,000 actual warm bodies in seats for your
biggest home game of the season - pathetic!
I think you guys are being a little harsh. Considering how bad Utah has been,
attendance has actually been pretty impressive. Obviously winning teams will
draw more attendance than teams that are struggling. It has always been that
Bluto"Utah greatly exaggerates their attendance figures."Utah counts their season ticket holders who have stopped attending games
in their "reported" attendance. That's why you see hundreds of
empty red chairs below concourse every game.It's obvious to
anyone who's watched games in the Huntsman Center for years that many games
with reported attendance of 8,000+ actually only have around 5,000 warm bodies
sitting in seats.
Well written article. Great points, funny jabs at the U and P12, and useful
information. One of the best articles I've read on D-News sports hands
@skywalkerWebsters definition...at·ten·dance noun \ə-ˈten-dən(t)s\Definition of ATTENDANCE1: the act or fact of attending 2: the persons or number of persons attending; also: an account of persons
attending Utah plays games with numbers. Attendance refers
only to those who actually show up.And not to those ticket holders which
BlutoThe NCAA allows teams to count attendance in any way they see
fit, so many teams (including BYU and Utah), count paid attendance instead of
actual fans in attendance.Still, it's obvious from observing
shots of the crowds during games that BYU has had thousands more warm bodies in
attendance at the MC than the Utes are getting at the HC.The
Huntsman seats 15,000 and has only been about one-third full for most games for
several years, so a reasonable guesstimate of actual crowd size at a typical
Utah game in recent years is about 5,000 fans. For Arizona, the Huntsman was
about two-thirds full. You can do the math.