Attendance at the NCAA Tournament finals was an improvement from last season but was still one of the lowest in the championship event’s almost 50-year history.
The 2,745 people at Rec Hall to watch Ohio State sweep BYU on Saturday was the third lowest all-time attendance for the NCAA Tournament finals since the college men’s volleyball event started in 1970.
Despite becoming the third NCAA Tournament final to not break the 3,000 attendance threshold, this year’s attendance was more than a 300-person improvement from last year’s title match at Stanford.
Similar to the 2015 NCAA Tournament, this year’s host site of Penn State experienced an attendance disadvantage without having a local team in the NCAA Tournament field. In addition, the championship attendance during the university’s graduation weekend was about a 500-person increase from the semifinals on Thursday.
This was the second consecutive time Ohio State won the NCAA championship with Penn State as the host school. Ohio State defeated UC Santa Barbara in five games to win the 2011 national title with 3,683 people in attendance at Rec Hall.
Penn State also had more than 5,000 people at the NCAA Tournament finals when it played host to the championship event in 2002 and 2006.