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Siena 68th Nationally in attendance

Siena once again found itself in elite status as the 2010-11 NCAA men’s basketball attendance numbers were released earlier last week. Siena came in at 68th out of 335 division I programs in the nation. Over the course of its 15 game home schedule, Siena saw 114,383 Saint’s faithful pass through the turnstyles at the Times Union Center, an average of 7,626 per game. This is a slight decline from last year’s mark of 7,853 per game, however, last year’s number included 3 MAAC Conference games, including a MAAC championship which helped to bolster the figure. The attendance figure marks the 5th time in Siena history that the Saints have drawn more than 100,000 in a season.

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For all the talk amongst fans of Siena being the Gonzaga or Butler of the east, Siena has already surpassed both schools on the attendance front. Butler finished the season in 73rd, averaging 7,178 fans per game, and Gonzaga finished 88th, averaging 6,000 fans per game.

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Other notable power conference schools that Siena outdrew include: Penn St, Cincinnati, LSU, Colorado, Arizona St, Stanford, Boston College, and Providence.

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Packing the Times Union Center is a tremendous advantage on the court and on the recruiting front for the Saints. While a great number of mid major programs play in what could easily be classified as high school caliber gyms, the Saints play in a major conference caliber arena. The attraction of the fan attendance and the TUC was proven in recent comments by new recruit Davonte Beard in an interview conducted by Mark Singelais of the Times Union. In the article Davonte was quoted as saying: ‘ “I went to St. Francis at the beginning and it looked kind of like a high school gym,” he said. “Compared to Siena’s gym, which is more like an NBA arena, I liked that arena, too. That was a big part of the decision as well.” ‘.

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We here at 4guysinblazers look forward to helping top this attendance mark next season and hope to see all of you at the games with us.

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