BYU, Loyola end 2014 season among nation’s home attendance leaders

The MPSF champions BYU once again finished the season leading the nation in home attendance average.

For the third consecutive season, BYU led all NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams in home attendance — averaging more than 500 people per home match than any other school.


The Cougars had a nation-best 3,460 home attendance average to beat-out second-place Hawai’i, which finished with a 2,956 home attendance average.

BYU went undefeated at Smith Fieldhouse during the season, including beating Stanford in the MPSF Tournament championship match to repeat as conference champions. In addition, the Cougars had a season-high sold-out crowd of 5,248 for their regular season home victory against the Cardinal in January,

BYU and Hawai’i were among the five schools that averaged at least a 1,000 people home match attendance.

UC Irvine finished in third place with a 1,043 home attendance average, while the NCAA champions Loyola led all non-West Coast teams at a 1,032 home attendance average. Long Beach State rounded-out the top five at a 1,027 home attendance average.

Beyond the top five, Penn State had an EIVA-best 643 home attendance average. Mount Olive also led the Conference Conference Carolinas at a 277 home attendance average.

Half of the 38 returning Division I-II men’s volleyball teams experienced a home attendance average increase this season compared to 2013.

Loyola had the nation’s biggest attendance average jump increasing 631 people per home match. In addition, BYU, Hawai’i, UC Santa Barbara and Princeton all finished in the top five for biggest attendance average improvement.


2014 NCAA men’s volleyball home attendance averages
1. BYU — 3,460
2. Hawai’i — 2,956
3. UC Irvine — 1,043
4. Loyola — 1,032
5. Long Beach State — 1,027
6. Pepperdine — 967
7. UCLA — 775
8. Ball State — 724
9. USC — 645
T-10. Lewis — 643
T-10. Penn State — 643
12. Stanford — 634
13. UC Santa Barbara — 583
14. Ohio State — 538
15. IPFW — 492
16. Cal State Northridge — 457
17. Cal Baptist — 401
18. Princeton — 399
19. UC San Diego — 308
20. Grand Canyon — 285
21. George Mason — 279
22. Mount Olive — 277
23. Quincy — 267
24. St. Francis — 250
25. Pacific — 239
26. Sacred Heart — 188
27. Harvard — 180
28. NJIT — 177
29. Limestone — 176
30. Lindenwood — 160
31. Pfeiffer — 155
32. King — 125
33. Barton — 108
34. Rutgers-Newark — 99
35. McKendree — 98
36. Erskine — 89
37. Lees-McRae — 82
38. Coker — 63
39. Belmont Abbey — 55


Home attendance average changes from 2013 to 2014
1. Loyola — +631
2. BYU — +441
3. Hawai’i — +221
T-4. Princeton — +187
T-4. UC Santa Barbara — +187
6. St. Francis — +136
7. Long Beach State — +134
8. UC Irvine — +132
9. Quincy — +97
10. Grand Canyon — +95
11. Pepperdine — +77
12. Sacred Heart — +70
13. USC — +67
14. IPFW — +57
15. Limestone — +37
16. Pacific — +25
17. Rutgers-Newark — +12
18. King — +8
19. Mount Olive — +2
20. George Mason — -1
21. Erskine — -3
22. Stanford — -15
23. Barton — -26
24. Ohio State — -30
25. Coker — -34
26. Pfeiffer — -39
27. Ball State — -43
28. UCLA — -54
29. NJIT — -57
30. Lindenwood — -57
31. Harvard — -59
32. Penn State — -71
33. Belmont Abbey — -90
34. UC San Diego — -137
35. Lees-McRae — -149
36. Cal Baptist — -157
37. Lewis — -158
38. Cal State Northridge — -205