Play Video
View larger
Men's Soccer Ranks Among Top Attendances in the Country
Release: 04/09/2012
Share |
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The NCAA has released its 2011 men's soccer attendance figures and the College of Charleston men's soccer team ranked 24th in average attendance.

The Cougars saw their average fans per game at Patriots Point rise to 1,017 this season to become one of just 26 schools in the country to average over 1,000 fans. The Cougars averaged 316 more fans per game than they did in 2010.

This season, the Cougars implemented the Lundy's Loonies, a student section set up behind the endline at the north end of the field. The Athletic Department also added bleachers and a standing section along the west side of the field to handle the growing crowds the team is attracting.

The 2011 home stand started out in style as CofC played host to No. 15 South Carolina and upended their cross-state rivals, 3-2, in front of a record-breaking crowd of 2,931 fans. The crowd was the biggest-ever for a soccer game at Patriots Point.

From there, the Cougars hosted three more teams which had qualified for the NCAA Tournament the year before. The fans also packed the house with over 1,000 fans when the Cougars met with No. 26 Princeton as well as perennial-powerhouse Wake Forest.

At the end of the 2010 season, the men's soccer team became the first CofC program to host an NCAA Tournament event when the Cougars received an at-large bid to the dance and hosted East Tennessee State University in the opening round. On a chili November night, 1,216 fans showed up to watch CofC advance in the tournament after an exciting 3-2 win, thus setting the stage for the Cougars to be a team to be seen in 2011.

UC Santa Barbara led the nation in average attendance per game at 4,782 fans, while Maryland was ranked No. 2 with 3,781 fans per game.

The Cougars' 2012 schedule, which will be released later in the spring, promises to excite fans and provide opportunities to further Patriots Point's Patriots reputation as an imposing environment for visiting teams as well as a first-class venue to enjoy the Cougars' high-quality level of soccer.

  NCAA Division I Home Attendance  

UC Santa Barbara

2. Maryland 3781
3. New Mexico 3749
4. Connecticut 3579
5. Akron 3300
6. Louisville 3023
7. Creighton 2909
8. Cal Poly 2140
9. Clemson 2111
10. Wake Forest 2007
11. Indiana 1928
12. Saint Louis 1885
13. North Carolina 1828
14. Charlotte 1542
15. Notre Dame 1447
16. Virginia 1444
17. USF 1405
18. St. John's 1370
19. South Carolina 1327
20. Michigan 1136
21. Portland 1112
22. Furman 1096
23. West Virginia 1087
24. College of Charleston 1017
25. SIU Edwardsville 1003

Charleston Men's Soccer

Cougar News
Support Cougar Athletics

Corporate Sponsors
Coca Cola
Sleep Inn
Renaissance Hotel
TD Bank