As the WVU basketball team rolls along in its successful season, fans of the Mountaineers took notice as they came out to the WVU Coliseum in droves.
Though some weekday games and inclement winter weather kept attendance low at some points, this was one of the best seasons in the arena that has stood for more than four decades.
The strong showing on Senior Night helped overshadow poor attendance earlier in the season.
WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins called out the fans and students, but they responded well at the end of the Big 12 Conference slate.
The Mountaineers were one of six teams to top 10,000 in attendance at home games this season. Kansas, which carries with it an impressive home winning streak, averaged 16,436 fans per game.
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Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Texas were also averaging above 10,000 fans.
The Big 12′ s smallest average crowd was at TCU with 5,315 fans per game, even after renovating its arena this season.
Within the next two years, the WVU basketball program will be getting a much-needed facelift.
The seating arrangements will not be affected by the $15 million in renovations, but the fan experience will be much improved.
Fans of the Mountaineers are always highly-regarded as some of the best in the nation. Despite being one of the smallest states in the country, the spirit of the West Virginia faithful rivals the top fanbases around.
Huggins and the WVU basketball team, as well as Dana Holgorsen and the football team, and the Olympic sports in Morgantown need to see bodies in the stands.
This year’s attendance numbers show that WVU will support a winner.