The Alabama men’s basketball team under first-year head coach Avery Johnson ranked second in the nation in increased home attendance from the previous year according to attendance figures released by the NCAA Monday.
Alabama improved its attendance in Coleman Coliseum by an average of 2,934 fans per game over the previous year with 13,110 during the 2015-16 season. The Crimson Tide drew an average of 10,176 in the final year under Coach Anthony Grant in 2014-15. The 13,110 average was a Bama record, topping the previous record of an average of 12,484 per game in the 2011-12 season.
Only Maryland’s average increase of 5,169 fans per game from 2014-15 to 2015-16 was larger than Alabama’s. LSU (2,485) ranked third in the nation, followed by Arkansas Little Rock (2,485) and Vanderbilt (2,274). Four SEC teams ranked among the top-10 in the nation in the category with Texas A&M eighth at 2,029.
Alabama’s average attendance from the 2015-16 season ranked 22nd in the nation among Division I home attendance leaders, while the Southeastern Conference ranked second in the nation in average attendance at 11,144. That number was an increase of 325 in average from a year ago, which led all conferences.