Arizona Women's Basketball

Arizona Wildcats’ women’s hoops attendance fourth-highest increase in Pac-12


The first year of former Arizona Wildcats standout Adia Barnes coaching her alma mater brought with it one of the best increases in attendance in the Pac-12 from the previous season.

Arizona’s increase in average attendance at McKale Center went from 1,386 in 2015-16 (Niya Butts’ last season) to 1,839 in 2016-17 (during Barnes’ inaugural season as coach). The plus-453 average is the fourth-highest increase in the Pac-12. The NCAA released this week its men’s and women’s basketball attendance data for the 2016-17 season.

Adia Barnes’ first season at Arizona included an increase in wins and attendance figures (Chris Hook/Arizona Athletics)

Here is the data for highest average increase from the previous season in Pac-12 women’s basketball:

School Games 2016-17 2015-16 Avg increase
Washington 19 4080 1880 2200
Oregon 15 2595 1629 966
Utah 17 1539 1043 496
Arizona 16 1839 1386 453
California 16 2542 2130 412
Southern Cal 14 989 888 101
Oregon St. 18 4353 4379 -26
Stanford 15 3160 3207 -47
UCLA 16 2263 2325 -62
Washington St. 16 798 923 -125
Arizona St. 15 2296 2452 -156
Colorado 18 1794 2087 -293

Arizona’s average attendance of 1,839 (29,422 fans in 16 home games) ranks eighth overall in the conference.

Barnes’ program improved to 14-16 overall and 5-13 in the Pac-12 in 2016-17 after going 13-19 and 3-15 the previous year before her arrival.

The Wildcat men’s program continued to lead the Pac-12 in attendance, a streak that goes back to the 1984-85 season, Lute Olson’s second in Tucson. They averaged 14,410 fans a game in 2016-17, down slightly from the 14,526 average from the previous season.

Utah was next at 12,050 fans a game followed by UCLA at 11,182.

Since the start of the 1987-88 season — Arizona’s first trip to the Final Four that year — the Wildcats have played to more than 97 percent of capacity for all of its home games in that span – 458 games following 2016-17.


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