SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – It's official: UC Santa Barbara led the nation in men's soccer attendance for the fifth consecutive year it was announced by the NSCAA.
The men's soccer team hosted 13 home matches during the 2011 season and welcomed a grand total of 62,162 fans to Harder Stadium throughout the year for an average of 4,782 fans per game. The Gauchos beat out Maryland, which was second in attendance with an average of 3,781 fans.
The nation's highest attended 2011 game was the Nov. 4 match between UCSB and visiting Cal Poly, which saw 13,822 fans stream into Harder Stadium. The Gauchos also hosted the second-highest attended game on Sept. 23 against San Diego with 13,772 fans.
UCSB has led the nation in average attendance the past five seasons. In 2007, the year after the Gauchos captured the program's first NCAA title, UCSB averaged 3,435 fans and in 2008, that average improved to 3,444. The Gauchos' 2009 attendance set a new NCAA record with 4,335 fans per game, which they bested in 2010 with 5,873 fans.
2011 Top-Five Average Home Attendances
1. UCSB (4,782)
2. Maryland (3,781)
3. New Mexico (3,749)
4. Connecticut (3,579)
5. Akron (3,300)