Summit League Tournament Pulls in Top Ten Attendance Mark
Everyone in the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center for the 2015 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament could sense they were part of something big. Nearly four months later, we now know how big.
According to the NCAA official attendance report, the tournament ranked among the top-10 for highest average attendance during the 2014-15 Division I season. Even more impressive, the Summit ranked second for highest average tournament attendance, among 22 traditional mid-major leagues.
With a league record 8,903 fans per session at the new PREMIER Center, The Summit League placed ninth out of 30 tournaments across Division I. North Dakota State won the tournament, beating South Dakota State in the championship game.
During the regular season, The Summit League was one of 12 Division I leagues to see an attendance increase. 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.