CSUN men’s basketball attendance down from last season, below average for Division I

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The Big West men's basketball attendance for 2019-2020 season varied from school to school, however the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors were the outlier, bringing in more attendance than any other school.

Blake Williams, Contributor

Despite CSUN’s men’s basketball having their best record since the 2008-09 season, the Matadors saw their attendance drop by an average of 113 fans per game from the 2019 season to the 2020 season, according to data released from the NCAA.

The Matadors finished their 2019-20 season second in the Big West with a 10-6 conference record before the COVID-19 pandemic ended their season.

In their 14 home games at the Matadome, which seats 2,200 people, the Matadors had a total of 12,923 fans attend with an average of 923 per game. In 2019, the team finished sixth in the Big West with a 7-9 conference record and had a total attendance of 16,576 fans with an average of 1,036 per game.

Overall, the attendance of men’s basketball games in the Big West Conference was down by a total of nearly 7,000 fans over their 132 games played, according to the NCAA. Teams in the Big West drew an average of 2,090 fans to each game, a small decrease of 53 people per game from 2019.

However, attendance in all NCAA Division-I conferences was up to an average of 4,601 fans per game, a slight increase of eight fans per game from 2019. Despite the increase in average, total attendance dropped by more than 180,000 as nearly 100 less games were played, due to the pandemic.

The University of Hawai’i, the attendance leader of the Big West, had just less than 115,000 fans in their 20 games. They also led the Big West in average attendance with 5,717 fans per game. Hawai’i was one of three teams in the conference to see their average attendance increase from 2019, joining UC Irvine and Cal Poly.

UC Santa Barbara had the biggest drop in average fans per game, with almost 500 less people per game from 2019 to 2020. UC Davis saw the biggest drop in total attendance from 2019 to 2020. Despite playing only one less game this season, 6,561 fewer people attended their games.