Summit League Tournament attendance predications are coming true. The games opened with a sold-out crowd during over the weekend, and Tuesday’s finals were just as packed.
Fewer than 200 women's championship tickets were available as the Jackrabbit and Coyote women took the floor Tuesday afternoon. Wes Hall with the Sioux Falls Sports Authority says fans were lining up to purchase same-day tickets, so it’s probable the afternoon game sold out, making a tournament record all but certain.
“We're looking at a packed house this early session, and for the men's championship as well tonight,” Hall said, “It's definitely going to be a record. Last year, we had just over 40,000 in combined attendance. We're well on pace to break that mark this year.”
The crowds were driven by South Dakota State University and University of South Dakota fans. North Dakota State University takes on the Jackrabbit men for the championship Tuesday night.
Hall says the crowds put the Summit League at the head of the pack, and if there were a tournament for championship fans, putting your support behind this league is a sure bet.
“It is fantastic. Take a look at this crowd and then go back on ESPN and look at the Big East Championship. I'll bet we've got more people even than their women's championship,” Hall said.
Official ticket receipts have not been released. The championship games were broadcast coast to cost on ESPN.