Buoyed by just the third unbeaten season in Mackey Arena history, the Purdue men’s basketball team finished the 2018-19 season ranked 14th nationally in average attendance, the NCAA announced recently.
Purdue averaged a school-record 14,467 fans for its 15 home games, finishing the year with 10 sellouts including a streak of eight straight sellouts to end the season.
Mackey Arena also filled 97.72 percent of its capacity during the season, ranking 14th nationally in that category as well.
It marked the fourth straight year that Purdue has finished in the top 20 nationally in average attendance. It was Purdue’s highest national ranking since finishing 12th nationally in attendance during the 1997-98 season.
In all games played (home, away, neutral), Purdue ranked 12th nationally as 488,842 people saw Purdue play this past season.
It marked the 41st time in 52 seasons that Purdue averaged at least 13,000 fans per game. In 52 seasons of play at Mackey Arena, the Boilermakers own a 637-139 all-time record, including a 200-35 mark in 14 seasons under head coach Matt Painter.
Purdue is a nation’s-best 63-4 (.940) at home over the last four seasons, including 55-2 over its last 57 games when The Paint Crew is in attendance.
For the 43rd consecutive season, the Big Ten led the nation's conferences in attendance, drawing 3,121,962 fans through the turnstiles, the second-highest total in conference history (2015). The Big Ten averaged 12,691 fans per game, an increase in 494 fans per game across the league, while leading the country’s conferences by over 1,000 fans per game (SEC – 11,527).
Purdue is coming off a 26-10 season, an Elite Eight appearance and its league-best 24th Big Ten regular-season championship. The Boilermakers return two starters, seven other returnees and welcome in a strong recruiting class.