NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University ranked 17th in the nation for the largest increase in average attendance for home men’s basketball games for the 2015-16 season, it was announced today by the NCAA.
The Tigers averaged 2,500 fans for their 14 home games at the Gentry Center this past season, which was an increase of 1,164 fans from the program’s 2014-15 average attendance of 1,336. TSU’s increase ranked just ahead of Conference USA Champion Middle Tennessee (+1,146) and Big East member Providence (+1,089).
“I think it’s really important that our fans continue to show that kind of support because I know it’s so important to our players," said TSU Head Coach and Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year Dana Ford. "I think the attendance increase has helped us establish the foundation and the spirit around here that supports players. It is our goal to make it special again for student-athletes to play here."
During OVC play, Tennessee State had home crowds greater than 6,300 in games versus Morehead State (6,312) and Belmont (6,845).
TSU tied a program record with 11 home victories at the Gentry Center in 2015-16 and also tied the school’s Division I record with 20 overall wins. The season culminated with a home game versus Ball State in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.