Student Fan Attendance at Boise State University Men’s Basketball Games

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

April 2017

Faculty Sponsor

Laurel Traynowicz


The average student attendance figure for the 2016 Boise State University football season was 4,854 students with a total capacity of about 5,000 in the student section. The average attendance for the 2016-2017 Boise State University men’s basketball season was 986 students with a total capacity of about 2,434 in the student section. For this study, Boise State University men’s basketball student fans were interviewed during the 2016-17 season. The purpose of this research was to discover why student attendance at football games is higher than at men’s basketball games at Boise State University. Data were collected via Qualtrics and paper surveys. Results gathered from the surveys include length of time student fans spend at games, what time the student fans arrive at games, if the student fans stay until the end of the games, and why the student fans attend the games. Data analysis confirmed that more students attended Boise State University football games than men’s basketball games. Additional findings regarding female versus male attendance as well as implications for further research were made. Understanding the effects of free giveaways to students, intermission performances, music variety and student spirit help to better understand student attendance at college games.

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