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For Immediate Release: June 21, 2004
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton men's basketball attendance skyrockets in 2003-04
Increase of 1,023 per game ranks 29th-highest in Division I

NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Attendance Figures

VESTAL, N.Y. - The NCAA has released its attendance figures from the 2003-04 men's basketball season and Binghamton University has enjoyed one of the most dramatic increases across the country. Among the 327 Division I schools that sponsor men's basketball, Binghamton ranked 29th in average attendance increase from the previous season. In 11 home games, BU drew an average of 2,813 fans - representing an increase of 1,023 from the 2002-03 season. That comparison figure, buoyed by the opening of the $33.1 million Events Center in late January, ranked ahead of North Carolina State (30th) and UCLA (31st) among others.

"Obviously the opening of the Events Center largely contributed to our increase in attendance," Athletics Director Joel Thirer said. "I also think we are ready to see a substantial increase again this year, having the Events Center open for our use the entire year. We work hard to give our viewing public a total experience - more than just a basketball game."

Within the 10-team America East Conference, Binghamton held the highest average attendance, with its home average (2,813) surpassing the conference average (1,594) by more than one thousand fans per contest.

As a whole, the America East ranked 28th out of 31 conferences in average attendance, ahead of the Patriot League (29th), Atlantic Sun (30th) and Northeast (31st). That represented a two-position jump from the previous year.

2003-04 America East Average Men's Basketball Attendance
1. Binghamton 2,813

2. Vermont 2,707
3. UMBC 1,868
4. Maine 1756
5. Hartford 1,584
6. Stony Brook 1,513
7. Albany 1,193
8. Northeastern 1,070
9. Boston University 956
10. New Hampshire 686

NOTES
The Bearcats, entering just their fourth year of Division I in 2004-05, will host the America East Championship on March 4-6, 2005 at the Events Center ... The 2004-05 schedule will be released in August ... Season tickets are now on sale (607-777-SLAM or www.bearcatstuff.com).

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