NCAA semifinal crowd at Ohio State third largest since 2000

The Buckeye Nation came out in near record-setting numbers for the NCAA Tournament semifinals.

The 4,834 people in attendance on Thursday at St. John Arena was the third largest crowd for the men’s volleyball Division I-II NCAA Tournament semifinals since 2000.

Ohio State playing on its home court swept Hawai’i, while BYU also swept Long Beach State to advance to the NCAA Tournament finals.

The semifinal crowd was less than 500 people shy from setting the NCAA Tournament semifinal attendance record since 2000. In addition, it more than doubled the semifinal crowd the last time Ohio State played host to the NCAA Tournament in 2007.

This is the second consecutive time more than 4,000 people have attended the NCAA Tournament semifinals when the host school is participating in the event. Loyola had 4,891 people in attendance for the semifianls when it played host and won the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Year-by-year NCAA Tournament semifinals attendance
2016 semifinals — 2,774
2015 semifinals — 1,685
2014 semifinals — 4,435
2013 semifinals — 4,891
2012 semifinals — 4,375
2011 semifinals — 3,761
2010 semifinals — 3,865
2009 semifinals — 2,564
2008 semifinals — 4,472
2007 semifinals — 2,129
2006 semifinals — 3,463
2005 semifinals — 2,947
2004 semifinals — 3,707
2003 semifinals — 3,840
2002 semifinals — 5,257
2001 semifinals — 4,202
2000 semifinals — 2,293
1999 semifinals — 5,487
1998 semifinals — 9,079
1997 semifinals — 2,439
1996 semifinals — 3,708
1995 semifinals — 3,549
1994 semifinals — 7,587
1993 semifinals — 2,536
1992 semifinals — 5,711
1991 semifinals — 5,184
1990 semifinals — 2,836
1989 semifinals — 2,192
1988 semifinals — 6,600
1987 semifinals — 2,737
1986 semifinals — 3,315
1985 semifinals — 1,530
1984 semifinals — 3,089
1983 semifinals — 2,942
1982 semifinals — 1,835
1981 semifinals — 3,946
1980 semifinals — 2,242
1979 semifinals — 770
1978 semifinals — 2,659
1977 semifinals — 652
1976 semifinals — 1,374
1975 semifinals — 3,500
1974 semifinals — 1,842
1973 semifinals — 5,650