July 8, 2014
NEW YORK - BIG EAST fans showed their spirited support in the first season of the league's new 10-team alignment. Every BIG EAST school ranked in the top 81 teams nationally in attendance. That's among 349 Division I teams, according to the NCAA.
Creighton ranked fifth nationally with an average of 17,896 fans at its CenturyLink Center, the highest average in school history. It was the third straight season that the Bluejays have been ranked in the top six nationally. Marquette ranked 14th nationally with an average of 15,327 fans at the BMO Bradley Center. The Golden Eagles have been ranked in the top 20 in attendance in all nine of their seasons as a BIG EAST member. Xavier ranked 42nd with an average of 9,890 fans flocking to the Cintas Center. The Musketeers have filled their arena to 97.7 percent capacity since the Cintas Center opened in 2000-01. Villanova averaged 9,890 fans and ranked 48th. The Wildcats are riding of streak of 149 straight sellouts at The Pavilion on campus where the capacity is 6,500.
Three more BIG EAST teams ranked in the 50s: Georgetown (8,670-51st), Providence (8,347-56th) and Butler (7,788-59th) followed by St. John's (7,431-66th), DePaul (6,363-80th) and Seton Hall (6,336-81st).
The BIG EAST ranked fifth nationally among conferences with an average attendance of 9,711.