Boston College completed the 2013-14 home men's basketball schedule last night with as many as 2,273 folks filing into Conte Forum to watch the Eagles notch another close loss in ACC play. Let's just say BC will not be breaking any college basketball attendance records in 2013-14.
Here are the attendance totals from this year's home slate:
|Thu, Nov 14||Toledo Rockets||L 95-92||3,538|
|Sun, Nov 17||Florida Atlantic Owls||W 82-78||1,653|
|Tue, Nov 26||Sacred Heart Pioneers||W 75-67 OT||2,149|
|Thu, Dec 12||Maryland Terrapins||L 88-80||3,516|
|Sun, Dec 15||Philadelphia U. Rams||W 67-50||1,265|
|Sat, Jan 4||Clemson Tigers||L 62-60||5,268|
|Mon, Jan 13||#2 Syracuse Orange||L 69-59||8,606|
|Tue, Jan 21||Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||L 68-60||1,789|
|Wed, Jan 29||Virginia Tech Hokies||W 76-52||2,964|
|Sat, Feb 8||#11 Duke Blue Devils||L 89-68||8,606|
|Sun, Feb 16||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||L 73-69||7,138|
|Wed, Feb 26||Pittsburgh Panthers||L 66-59||3,329|
|Tue, Mar 4||Florida St. Seminoles||L 74-70||2,273|
Boston College averaged just 4,007 fans per game in 2013-14. That's just 47 percent of Conte Forum's 8,606 capacity. The per-game average was far worse for non-conference home games at 2,151 a game, but that's what happens when a program has all of four non-conference home games, with a pair of those on Sunday night, one over the Thanksgiving holiday and a fourth against a Division II school.
The conference home attendance average of 4,832 folks a night was bolstered by two sellouts vs. ranked teams in Syracuse and Duke. But the trend line is clearly negative, with last night's FSU game the second lowest home attendance figure for a conference game this season.
If you aren't playing a named opponent, 9 PM midweek tipoffs are an attendance nightmare. The Syracuse game sold out, but the Georgia Tech and Florida State home games, the other two 9 PM midweek tips, garnered the fewest fans of any conference game. There were clearly other factors for the low attendance figure for these two games -- the team, weather, Spring Break -- but the 9 PM tipoffs clearly don't help things.
More than simply the wins and losses, the low home attendance numbers give me confidence that the school will be moving in another direction in 2014-15.