Women’s Basketball Regional Attendance at 20-year Low
DALLAS (AP) — Women's basketball saw its lowest attendance for the NCAA Tournament regionals in 20 years, and there is no change in sight to the format.
An average of 4,719 fans showed up for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games in the four neutral-site venues. That's down 27 percent from last year and nearly 50 percent from 2014, when the games were played on campus sites.
This year's numbers were bolstered by the Bridgeport Regional, which sold out both days UConn played there. No other site had a local team playing.
The NCAA already has awarded next year's regionals to Albany, Kansas City, Spokane and Lexington. The 2019 and 2020 sites will be announced next month and they, too, will be at neutral sites.
The attendance news isn't all bad. The championship game is virtually sold out for the first time in a few years.