posted June 11, 2009

Men's Basketball Attendance on Top of DIII Again

For the seventh straight year, Hope College has led all NCAA Division III men's basketball programs in home attendance.

This is the 11th time in school history that Hope has been the men's basketball attendance leader.  The 2008-09 Flying Dutchmen averaged 2,696 fans per game over 16 home dates. Rival Calvin, playing in its new Van Noord Arena, finished second with an average of 2,553 fans over 13 home dates.

The Flying Dutchmen posted a 14-2 home floor record.  In four seasons at DeVos Fieldhouse, Hope has posted a 62-4 record.

The Flying Dutchmen, coached by Glenn Van Wieren, finished second in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), competed in the NCAA Division III tournament and posted a 21-8 overall record.

Other years when Hope led the nation in men's attendance were 1984, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. 

Hope and Calvin helped the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) to top all Division III conferences in home attendance for the 18th consecutive year with an average of 1,059 fans per game.

The average home attendance for Division III men's teams in 2008-09 was 434 fans.

Hope also topped Division III women's basketball programs in home attendance in 2008-09 with an average of 1,269 fans over 17 home dates.

NCAA III Men's Basketball All-time Attendance Champions: 1977, Scranton; 1978, Calvin; 1979, Savannah State; 1980, Savannah State; 1981, Potsdam State; 1982, Wisconsin-Stevens Point; 1983, Augustana (IL); 1984, Hope; 1985,
Wisconsin-Stevens Point; 1986, Calvin; 1987, Concordia-Moorhead; 1988, Calvin;
1989, Calvin; 1990, Calvin; 1991, Hope; 1992, Calvin; 1993, Calvin; 1994,
Calvin; 1995, Calvin; 1996, Hope; 1997, Calvin; 1998, Illinois Wesleyan; 1999,
Hope; 2000, Calvin; 2001, Calvin; 2002, Calvin; 2003, Hope; 2004, Hope; 2005,
Hope; 2006, Hope; 2007, Hope; 2008, Hope; 2009, Hope.