LSU, ULL among most watched baseball teams in the nation

LAFAYETTE — A record-setting turnout for attendance at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field in 2011 led to a Top 20 finish for the Ragin’ Cajuns in the final NCAA Division I Baseball home average attendance rankings.

For the first time in program history the average attendance at “The Tigue” was above 3,000. As a result, Louisiana turned in its highest finish in the national rankings and second-ever Top 20 finish.

The total attendance figure of 92,784 for the 2011 home schedule at “The Tigue” set a new facility record, surpassing the previous best of 70,267 in 2003.

The average attendance over the 28-game slate at “The Tigue” was 3,313 which was tops in the Sun Belt Conference and a program-best No. 18 nationally. It marks the first time since 2003 (No. 20) that UL ranked Top 20 in home average attendance.

“We have always appreciated our great fan base,” remarked head coach Tony Robichaux. “Since day one our staff has been committed to creating the best gameday experience possible for those who come to ‘The Tigue’.

“There is a difference between just a ‘fan’ and a Ragin’ Cajuns fan,” Robichaux added. “It’s the Ragin’ Cajuns fans that create the atmosphere at our ballpark. It’s an experience unequaled by many schools across the country”

Since 1999, Louisiana has ranked in the Top 40 in NCAA Division I and led the Sun Belt Conference in home average attendance each season.

Including the 2011 season, the Cajuns have seen an average attendance higher than 2,000 five times (2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011).

The 2011 home average attendance marked the 12th consecutive season UL averaged 1,000-plus. UL’s average was higher than half of the College World Series field – Virginia (3,298), Vanderbilt (2,681), North Carolina (1,577) and Cal (558) – and second amongst all programs in the State of Louisiana.

UL BASEBALL AVERAGE ATTENDANCE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS

Season Average Att. National Rank

1999 972 36th

2000 1,502 26th

2001 1,465 30th

2002 1,729 28th

2003 2,321 20th

2004 1,443 38th

2005 1,862 31st

2006 2,091 28th

2007 2,346 24th

2008 1,866 31st

2009 2,105 30th

2010 1,896 32nd

2011 3,313 18th

2011 Division I Baseball Attendance

School Average Attendance

1. LSU 10556

2. Ole Miss 8,156

3. Arkansas 7,932

4. South Carolina 7,431

5. Texas 6,500

6. Mississippi State 6,103

7. Florida State 4,654

8. Creighton 4,479

9. Clemson 4,393

10. TCU 4,148

11. Texas A&M 3,994

12. Alabama 3,904

13. Florida 3,753

14. Rice 3,542

15. Southern Miss 3,495

16. Wichita State 3,460

17. Hawaii 3,320

18. Louisiana 3,313

19. Virginia 3,298

20. Arizona State 3,161

21. Auburn 2,967

22. East Carolina 2,926

23. Miami, Fla. 2,895

24. Texas Tech 2,771

25. Tulane 2,759

26. Baylor 2,689

27. Vanderbilt 2,681

28. Nebraska 2,366

29. Oregon State 2,285

30. Georgia 2,262

31. Cal State Fullerton 2,028

32. Fresno State 2,019

33. Oregon 1,814

T34. Stanford 1,649

T34. Kentucky 1,649

36. Georgia Southern 1,631

37. North Carolina 1,577

38. Georgia Tech 1,567

39. South Florida 1,537

40. Tennessee 1,455

41. Troy 1,313

42. Oklahoma 1,305

43. New Mexico 1,294

44. South Alabama 1,214

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