INDIANAPOLIS – For the fourth-consecutive season, the Fort Hays State women’s basketball team ranked second in the nation in attendance for NCAA Division II. The Tigers averaged 2,053 fans throughout their 16 home contests inside Gross Memorial Coliseum. The 2017-18 season saw a total of 32,849 fans come through the Coliseum to support the Tigers.
Fort Hays State extends its streak of ranking in the top five nationally in attendance to six-straight years, while maintaining a spot in the top ten for nine-continuous seasons. This season’s average was slightly lower than previous seasons. However, the average of 2,053 in 2017-18 comparatively puts the Tigers above over 80% of NCAA Division I programs, with only 68 of the 349 Division I schools seeing more home fan support than the Tigers.
The strong support from the stands helped the Tigers to a dominating 15-1 record on their home court. Fort Hays State owns a 91-5 record over the past six seasons when hosting their competition.
Four other MIAA programs rank in the top ten nationally, including Emporia State at No. 4 (1,756) and No. 5 Washburn (1,582). Pittsburg State comes in at No. 9 (1,239) and Nebraska-Kearney rounds out the top ten (1,210). Because of this strong showing, the MIAA continues to be the strongest attended conference with 201,117 (986 per game) fans funneling into conference games throughout the season, leading the nation for the 10th year in a row.
For the 11th-straight season, Northern State remains as the top-attended Division II women’s basketball program, drawing 42,788 total fans for an average of 3,056 per night. Northern State and Fort Hays State were the only two Division II schools in the nation to average better than 2,000 fans per game.