Men's Basketball

MU Concludes 2008-09 Ranked 10th In Attendance

May 14, 2009

Milwaukee -

The Marquette University men's basketball program concluded the 2008-09 campaign ranked 10th in the nation in attendance, the program's highest-ever finish, according to information released by the NCAA Thursday morning.

Marquette, which has now finished among the top-25 in the nation in each of the last eight seasons, averaged 16,200 fans per game in 18 dates at the Bradley Center this past year. Nearly 300,000 total fans went through the turnstiles at home games and almost 500,000 people (487, 781 - 14th in nation) attended MU's 35 total outings in 2008-09.

"We want to thank our students, alumni and the Milwaukee community," head coach Buzz Williams said. "The atmosphere at our games gives us a distinct advantage, not only for the support of our team, but also in regards to our opponents. They (opponents) know it's extremely difficult to play in the Bradley Center."

The Golden Eagles, one of three BIG EAST programs (Syracuse, 2nd - Louisville, 5th) to earn a spot in the top-10, finished 14th in the nation in both 2006-07 and 2007-08. Over three million fans attended BIG EAST Conference games in 2008-09, the most of any league in collegiate basketball.

Current Marquette season ticket holders have until June 5 to submit their deposit for the 2009-10 season, with reseating taking place June 8-16. Season ticket sales for new accounts begin in early July and fans interested in being contacted the first day of ticket availability may complete an online form at http://www.gomarquette.com/tickets/info-request.html

For more information, email athletics@marquette.edu or call 414.288.GOMU (4668). Interested fans may also visit Marquette Ticket Central at http://www.gomarquette.com/tickets/index.html.

2008-09 Top-10: 1. Kentucky (22,239), 2. Syracuse (21, 044), 3. North Carolina (21, 035), 4. Tennessee (20,483), 5. Louisville (19,397), 6. Wisconsin (17,230), 7. Maryland (17,048), 8. Memphis (16,933), 9. Kansas (16,350, 10. Marquette (16,200).

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