Men's Basketball Ranks Fourth on West Coast in Attendance
May 12, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. - After winning the second-most home games in Save Mart Center history, the Fresno State men's basketball team ranked third among the 23 Division 1 programs in the state of California and fourth among the 33 Division I programs along the West Coast.
"We appreciate our fans for supporting our program," head coach Steve Cleveland said. "Our team enjoys playing in front of packed arenas. We are excited to keep working hard through this offseason to compete for a WAC championship."
Over the 17 home games, the Bulldogs averaged 7,767 fans per contest and matched the second-highest number of wins in a season (12) in arena history.
The California Golden Bears, Washington Huskies and UCLA Bruins, all members of the Pacific-10 Conference, ranked in the top three for attendance among the Division 1 men's basketball programs located in the states of California, Oregon and Washington. Fresno State finished ahead of Washington State, San Diego State, Oregon, Stanford, Oregon State and Gonzaga in average attendance to round out the top 10 West Coast programs.
The Fresno State men's basketball team drew 132,045 total fans to the Save Mart Center during the 2009-10 season, the second highest mark of any Division 1 school in the state of California and Western Athletic Conference.
The Save Mart Center opened in 2003 as the home of the Fresno State men's and women's basketball programs and the volleyball program. The official capacity for men's basketball is 15,596 with its largest crowd of 15,423 recorded on Dec. 19, 2006 against Stanford University. The arena is recognized around the nation as being one of the finest on-campus college arenas.
The Save Mart Center has already hosted three major collegiate sporting championships. In March 2004, the facility served as the host site for the McCaffrey WAC Basketball Tournament. The following year, the Save Mart Center was the venue for the first and second rounds of the 2005 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, marking the first time the NCAA basketball has visited Fresno. In 2007, Fresno State was one of four schools that hosted a NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Regional site as March Madness returned to the Save Mart Center.
The Save Mart Center represented the largest privately funded project in the history of the California State University system. The premier entertainment facility was financed through revenue from corporate sponsorships, private gifts, leasing of luxury suites, sale of Arena Builder and personal seat licenses as well as revenue from advertising and signage agreements. The building encompasses approximately 450,000 square feet and contains 32 private suites, 1,000 Arena Builder seats (commonly referred to as "club seats"), a club level concourse, team locker rooms, and athletics training facilities. The entire facility is approximately 48 acres and located off Shaw Avenue adjacent to Highway 168.
The Bulldogs opens the 2010-11 season on Nov. 12, 2010 on the road at Brigham Young University in Cleveland's first return as a head coach to Provo, Utah since guiding the Cougars for eight successful seasons.
Top 5 2009-10 Men's Basketball Overall Average Attendance (California)
Top 10 2009-10 Men's Basketball Average Attendance (West Coast)
Note: West Coast includes all Division 1 programs located in the states of California, Oregon and Washington.
Fresno State Men's Basketball Record in the Save Mart Center
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