Fans in the stands!!! VWC basketball among national attendance leaders
INDIANAPOLIS – There were definitely fans in the stands during the 2010-11 men's basketball season for Virginia Wesleyan College.
In fact, the average attendance of 927 per game ranked No. 18 among the NCAA Division III leaders in that category. It marks a return to the attendance top 20 for VWC, which ranked No. 15 in 2007 with 1,059 fans per contest.
Virginia Wesleyan's Marlins, who finished the past season with a glowing 25-5 record, began the campaign playing in front of 888 fans at the Jane P. Batten Student Center in a 67-63 victory over Maryland's Salisbury University. VWC closed the season on the road in NCAA third round tournament competition at Williamstown, Massachusetts, before a crowd of 1,561. The Marlins fell 79-73 to host Williams College.
In between those games, the Marlins played in front of the largest home crowd of the season, 1,206, on March, 4, in the opening game of the NCAA tournament against Pennsylvania's Delaware Valley College. The largest crowd for a road game was in Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament competition, when 1,703 fans saw Randolph College upset the Marlins 80-76 at the Civic Center in Salem, Va.
Overall, Virginia Wesleyan crowds topped the 1,000 mark seven time during the season and number more than 900 fans at four other contests.
VWC's largest home crowd ever was an overflow gathering of 1,710 who watched the Marlins defeat North Carolina's Guilford College, 81-71, in NCAA tournament play on March 10, 2007 … the same year Virginia Wesleyan finished as the national runner-up.