BYU tops home attendance rankings midway through season

A nation-best home crowd has been in attendance to witness No. 2/2 BYU’s school-record winning streak.

BYU midway through the season leads all college men’s volleyball teams in the nation with a 4,137 home attendance average.


The Cougars are 7-1 at home this season and have swept 11 consecutive matches to set a school record with a 33-game winning streak. The team also has highest single-match attendance this season as 5,637 people attended its home opener against Loyola.

BYU edged Hawai’i for the top spot in the national home attendance rankings by about 600 more people per home match. However, the Cougars and Rainbow Warriors were the only schools with more than a 1,250 home attendance average.

MPSF teams have the seven highest attendance averages this season. In addition, UC Irvine, Long Beach State and Pepperdine join BYU and Hawai’i to round-out the top five.

Ball State leads the MIVA and all non-West Coast schools with a 722 home attendance average. 

Penn State has an EIVA-best 640 attendance average, while Belmont Abbey leads the Conference Carolinas averaging a 214 home attendance.

Of the 43 NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams, 19 teams are on pace to exceed their home attendance average from last season.

BYU is experiencing the biggest jump in attendance with about 700 more people at home matches this year compared to 2015. No. 1/1 Long Beach State also has increased its home attendance average by more than 300 people since last year.

2016 NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball home attendance averages (as of Feb. 29)
1. BYU — 4,137
2. Hawai’i — 3,545
3. UC Irvine — 1,227
4. Long Beach State — 1,175
5. Pepperdine — 955
6. UCLA — 834
7. Stanford — 768
8. Ball State — 722
9. Penn State — 640
10. Loyola — 630
11. Lewis — 622
12. IPFW — 601
13. Ohio State — 541
14. USC — 481
15. Grand Canyon — 423
16. Cal Baptist — 416
17. Princeton — 399
18. CSUN — 353
19. Harvard — 328
20. St. Francis — 301
21. Quincy — 297
22. NJIT — 284
23. UC San Diego — 268
24. UC Santa Barbara — 261
25. George Mason — 233
26. Belmont Abbey — 214
27. Lindenwood — 213
28. Mount Olive — 190
29. Concordia-Irvine — 169
30. McKendree — 167
31. North Greenville — 155
32. Coker — 146
33. King — 139
34. Sacred Heart — 132
35. Barton — 125
36. Charleston — 119
37. Pfeiffer — 116
38. Alderson Broaddus — 100
39. Erskine — 68
40. Limestone — 64
41. Holy Names — 60
42. Lees-McRae — 46
43. Emmanuel — 32

Teams with higher attendance average in 2016 than 2015: Alderson Broaddus, Belmont Abbey, BYU, Cal Baptist Charleston, Coker, Harvard, King, Lindenwood, Long Beach State, NJIT, North Greenville, Ohio State, Pepperdine, Princeton, Quincy, Sacred Heart, Stanford, UC Irvine