Alabama basketball attendance highest in recorded era

Coleman Coliseum before Mississippi State game Feb. 25.

Update: The record attendance comes with a catch, UA media relations tells me. The 12,484 average also included the Oklahoma State game played in Birmingham’s BJCC. A total of 13,808 showed up for that one.

So the Coleman Coliseum average was 12,396 to finish second to the 1991 total.

Original post: The season is over for Coleman Coliseum, and the final numbers say it was a particularly busy year for the home of Alabama basketball. You might even call it historic.

The 16 home games averaged 12,484 paying customers in a facility that seats 15,000-plus. That’s the highest it’s been since records were first kept by the NCAA in 1978.

The previous high in 1991 when crowds averaged 12, 448. A year ago, Coleman Coliseum seated 10,983 per game.

A stronger non-conference schedule certainly helped. The Georgetown game in December was the first sell-out of a non-SEC game in quite some time. For league games, the average was 13,188.

Here’s a visual look at the last 34 seasons of attendance in Coleman Coliseum followed by the raw numbers.

Attendance average from 1978-2012

1978    9,422
1979    11,235
1980    9,033
1981    7,756
1982    10,657
1983    11,075
1984    8,524
1985    7,979
1986    8,434
1987    10,907
1988    6,834
1989    11,101
1990    10,658
1991    12,448
1992    10,638
1993    9,161
1994    8,510
1995    8,567
1996    7,801
1997    8,378
1998    5,752
1999    7,258
2000    8,257
2001    10,444
2002    9,834
2003    11,778
2004    9,683
2005    10,958
2006    10,503
2007    10,285
2008    10,369
2009    9,960
2010    10,945
2011    10,983
2012    12,484


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