Thursday, March 27, 2014
Attendance for the NCAA women's tournament is down after the first two rounds.
The 16 sites averaged nearly 4,100 fans, down roughly 700 from the previous year. It probably didn't help that three of the locations didn't have host schools playing at them — Los Angeles, Seattle and Toledo. While the Ohio site had good attendance mainly because Notre Dame was there, Los Angeles and Seattle ranked as the bottom two locations in attendance.
Less than 1,000 fans turned out for the second round matchup between BYU and Nebraska in L.A.
The NCAA won't have that problem next year when the top four seeds in each region will host the opening rounds.
While early attendance is lagging, the NCAA is hopeful that will change in the regionals.