HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics & Recreation Jack McDonald and TD Bank Sports Center Executive Director Eric Grgurich have announced record-breaking attendance figures for the 2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball and hockey seasons. This past year saw record numbers across the board, with more fans attending athletic contests at Quinnipiac state-of-the-art basketball and hockey venue than in any previous year.
"We are very excited about our attendance numbers this year. The support from season ticket holders, alumni, students, and the community was fantastic,” Grgurich said. “As we continue to grow and develop our fan base, we are very proud of the programs that we are developing in the community and on campus. We have over 40 schools involved in our “Boomer's Book Blast” reading program, we have established a great working relationship with the Girl Scouts and also with many youth hockey and youth basketball programs.”
Beginning in late September and running through March, the TD Bank Sports Center hosted 77 games that welcomed 130,413 fans for a 1,694 per-game average. In 2012-13, the arena saw 119,417 fans in 78 games for a 1,531 per-game average. High Point Solutions Arena hosed 21 men’s games that hosted a total of 70, 435 fans for a 3,354 per-game average. The previous year saw two more games with 69,269 fans for a 3, 012 per-game average. Women’s ice hockey saw an increase from 5,932 total fans in 2012-13, at a 297 per-game clip, grow to 7,888 with an average of 359 per game. Men’s basketball also saw an increase of average fans per game, rising from 1, 838 in 2012-13 to 1,890 in 2013-14, while women’s basketball maintained its consistent game attendance numbers, despite playing two fewer games on Lender Court.
"Our record attendance this past year is due to our teams, coaches, fans, staff, marketing partners and the aggressive use of the internet and our social networks,” McDonald said. “In addition to our excellent teams, our fans, particularly our faculty, staff and alumni continue to come to our games in record numbers. I am very grateful to all who play, coach, attend, market and administer all our games and events.”
In addition to Quinnipiac’s varsity contests, TD Bank Sports Center hosted several non-Quinnipiac events – including the 2014 NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four, the Southern Connecticut Conference Boy’s and Girl’s High School basketball tournament as well as Bobcats Madness – which drew 15,519 spectators, up from 9, 650 a year ago. The 2014 NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey National Championship drew 3,753 fans – the most for a women’s ice hockey national championship venue in which the home team was not participating.
“Our new scoreboards have afforded us the opportunity to enhance our fan experience,” Grgurich added. “We are already excited for next year, as we will continue to enhance our marketing efforts and encourage our student-athletes to participate in our many community outreach programs so that we can build off the successes of this year."
|# Games/Events||Attendance||Average||# Games/Events||Attendance||Average|
|All Games and Events||77||130,413||1,694||78||119,417||1,531|
|Men's Ice Hockey||21||70,435||3,354||23||69,269||3012|
|Women's Ice Hockey||22||7,888||359||20||5,932||297|
|Other Games and Events||8||15,519||1,940||6||9,650||1,608|
|• There were no MAAC basketball playoffs at QU in 13-14, All Games in Springfield|
|• 2006-2013, Basketball Totals include NEC Playoff Games|
|• Events include 2014 Women's Frozen Four, SCC High School Games, Bobcats Madness and More|