DU students show lack of support at athletic events.
• The Magness Arena, located within the Ritchie Center holds 7,200 people; however, there are only 150 seats in the basketball student secBon. The student secBon accounts for 2% of the total occupancy of the Ritchie Center.
The designated seaBng area for students is insigniﬁcant, in comparison, to the total the occupancy of the arena.
“I think a lot of people don’t want to go the games because there really isn’t anywhere to cheer,”-‐ Freshman basketball fan Chris Gang.
• The total aOendance at this home basketball game vs. Middle Tennessee State University on Feb. 4 was 181.
This enBre porBon of the student secBon remained empty for the Women’s Basketball game vs. Middle Tennessee State on Feb. 4.
“Hopefully, our move to the more presBgious (Western AthleBc Conference) will inspire more students to come to games next year. It’s sad to see such small crowds, especially at a school with a thriving athleBc program,” -‐Cindi Nagai, Director of Student Athlete Support Services.
Many of the sporBng events in Magness Arena draw the support of a few hundred students, opposed to thousands of outside fans. Friends and family occupy the remaining seats.
Even with the support of friends and family, many seats remain vacant during men’s and women’s games.
Parents and siblings ﬁlled the seats of the student secBon during this basketball game in Magness Arena.
“When I was younger, my dad and I went to a lot of basketball games at DU. Now that I am a student here, I rarely aOend games,” – Freshman Sam Garry.
Special occurrences, such as naBonal network broadcasts on networks such as ESPN, seem to be the only method to occasionally spike the aOendance rates among students.
On days where both the men and women play, however, students ﬂood to the aisles to leave before the start of the women’s game.
“UnBl we get more fans to come and actually stay for games, games are not going to be as fun,” –Freshman Sam Bibbey.