Vols have a plan to get fans back in the stands

Attendance for men, women down thousands per game over 6 years

By Tom Wood

For The Tennessee Ledger

The Tennessee men’s basketball program is on its fourth coach in six seasons. Maybe that lack of coaching stability explains the drastic drop in attendance.

ledger-cover-utHome attendance at UT men’s games has dropped a staggering 4,720 fans per game on average from the last season of the Bruce Pearl era (18,952) in 2010-11 to the debut of the Rick Barnes era (14,232) last season.

That translates to a men’s attendance decrease of 113,405 in that span, falling from 341,130 in 2010-11 to 227,725 last season, national attendance charts compiled by the NCAA show.

And combined with a total decrease of 37,183 attending women’s games for that period, it means more than 150,000 fewer fans attended UT’s home basketball games than six years earlier.

The Lady Vols averaged 12,599 fans in the 2010-11 season compared to 10,412 last year, a six-season shrinkage of 2,187 per game.

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