March 4, 2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa wrestling program led the nation in attendance for the eighth consecutive season according to the annual Division I attendance report released Tuesday by Roby Publishing.
Iowa averaged 8,835 fans in seven duals, setting an NCAA single season attendance record of 61,843. The Hawkeyes averaged at least 8,000 fans for the sixth consecutive season, and own the three highest single season averages in NCAA history (9,014 in 2012; 8,764 in 2013).
In 2013-14, Iowa became the first school in NCAA history to host three duals with more than 10,000 fans -- Penn State (13,747), Minnesota (10,588), and Oklahoma State (10,141).
The Roby report, which includes only single dual meets against Division I opponents, reported that 13 of the 16 top-ranked schools improved their year-over-year average attendance.
When considering the Iowa City Duals -- which Iowa hosted Nov. 22 against Baker, Cornell College, and Iowa Central -- a school record 67,556 fans attended wrestling meets inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.