Hats off to the Fans


Hilton Coliseum for the 2012 Oklahoma game

One of the facts that stood out to me when I first started at Iowa State was the high attendance of women’s sports. I’ve worked many women’s basketball games at other institutions and every time I could very nearly hear a pin drop in the arena – something that’s impossible to do at most men’s basketball games. The lack of fan support was astonishing and discouraging. It can’t be easy for a team to light it up on the court with nobody cheering them on. Iowa State is one school that doesn’t have that issue.

This past week I finally got an e-mail from the NCAA giving more facts and figures for last season’s Division 1 women’s basketball attendance figures. I knew that ISU would be listed second nationally in average attendance, but what these reports allowed me to do was to draw some comparisons between ISU and the rest of the 343 Division 1 schools.

The breakdown:

  • Iowa State was second in the nation in average attendance with 9,970 fans in 2012-13
  • Iowa State’s average attendance of 9,970 fans per game was more than 153 schools’ yearly attendance total, which equates to 45 percent of the 343 Division 1 schools in the NCAA.
  • Iowa State’s highest attended game with 11,963 fans was more than 183 (of 343) schools’ yearly total.
  • As far as Big 12 comparisons go, ISU has an average of 810 more than Baylor and a whopping 3,552 more fans on average than the Red Raiders in third.
  • The Big 12, which leads all other conferences in attendance, is consequently the deepest conference as far as attendance goes. I’ll spare you the mathematical breakdown on that one, but you’ll have to trust me.
  • When adding in the average volleyball attendance Iowa State has the most fans on average attend volleyball and women’s basketball combined in the nation. Props to you Cyclone fans.

Seeing such impressive numbers gets me excited for the first women’s basketball (@CycloneWBB) game of the season and for the possibility of seeing those numbers rise over the next few years. The Nov. 3 game against Wayne State can’t come soon enough for me and I’m sure many Cyclone fans feel the same way.

About Nicole Leusink

I'm in my fifth year at Iowa State as the communications director for women's basketball. I also assist with football and swimming and diving. I am a 2011 graduate of the University of Florida and a Pittsburgh native. I am excited to give you a behind the scenes look at Iowa State athletics. Feel free to send me an e-mail at ngreiner@iastate.edu. You can also find me on twitter @NicoleGreiner. And as always, Go Cyclones!
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3 Responses to Hats off to the Fans

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  2. Kim B says:

    My husband & I have been season ticket holders for 16 years. We have phenomenal seats in the Arena Circle, three rows from floor, halfway between mid-court and the top of the key!!!!! The year prior to that, there was no assigned seating. We follow the women to the BIG 12 Tournament in Kansas City [a.k.a. Hilton South], as well as anywhere the NCAA takes them in the post-season. We drove to Cincinnati [a.k.a. Hilton East] to witness our women upset UCONN!!!!! One of the many highlights in Iowa State Cyclone women’s basketball history under the direction of Head Coach Bill Fennelly! Go State! cyclONE nation!


  3. Dennis M says:

    This is the house that Bill built. The program has done all of the right things to build a fan base. The Little Cyclone Club and putting the kids and parents at the end of the court is one example. Having players do meet and greets after the games. Fostering an approachable persona for coaches and players. Putting the word “scholar” next to “athlete” and meaning it. Embracing the fans as family. In our case it’s led to the emergence of the “Power of the Pops” tradition and representing the Twister Sisters with our hearts and soul. Thanks to all involved!


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