– With a passionate, knowledgeable and loyal fan base, the University of Dayton Flyer Faithful are known around the world for generating one of the best homecourt atmospheres in college basketball.
Turns out the Flyer Faithful is pretty tough on the road too.
On Wednesday, Dayton was ranked No. 1 by NCAA.com's "High Five" for having the best traveling fan base in college sports.
It's no surprise the Flyer Faithful tops the list.
At the 2015 AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Dayton fans helped set a tournament attendance record. In six sessions, a total of 24,842 fans attended, for an average of 4,140. The previous record was set in 2008 with 24,267 for an average of 4,045.
At the NCAA Memphis Regional in 2014, UD had more fans than the other three teams combined (Stanford, Florida and UCLA) in the Sweet Sixteen game, and when the Flyers won to advance to Elite Eight, even more fans showed up. The Flyer Faithful literally took over Beale Street.
Since 2000, there has only been one exempt tournament where Dayton's number of fans was not at least twice as many of any other team that traveled to the tournament. That was in 2014 at the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Gonzaga and Dayton's crowds were similar in size, and overshadowed the followings of the other six teams in the tournament.
"At exempt tournaments, as well as NCAA events, each team gets a certain allotment," long-time Dayton Sports Information Director Doug Hauschild
said. "Our fans know those are hard to come by through official channels and so they find other ways of getting tickets. The 'Flyer Faithful' has the same whatever-it-takes attitude our teams have, and that makes for a great atmosphere wherever we are playing."
UD ARENA ATTENDANCE
In average home attendance last year, the Flyers ranked 25th nationally. UD's average crowd of 12,942 fans a game is the second-best in school history, just 40 fans less than the 12,982 in the Arena's first season in 1969-70.
Not to mention for the eighth consecutive season, the Flyers will average more than 10,000 seats sold as season tickets.
Since UD Arena opened in 1969, Dayton has been in the NCAA`s Top 35 in attendance every season, and in the top 25 a total of 28 times.
Season and single-game tickets are on sale for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign. Fans wishing to purchase season tickets can do so by calling (937) 229-4433, visiting the University of Dayton ProSource Ticket Office or online at DaytonFlyers.com.
The UD ProSource Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.