Red Raiders Among Top in the Nation in Home Attendance|
The Red Raiders ranked No. 13 nationally in average home attendance during the 2011 season.
May 18, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - The John Walker Soccer Complex has earned a reputation as one of the top venues in college soccer, and Friday that was proven yet again. The Red Raiders officially ranked No. 13 in the nation for average home attendance during the 2011 season as announced by the NCAA.
Tech totaled 14,657 fans through 11 home games at the John Walker Soccer Complex during the 2011 campaign - averaging 1,332 fans per game.
The Red Raiders increased their average game day attendance by 12 percent from last season. During the Tom Stone era, Texas Tech has increased its average attendance through each of his five seasons at the helm of the program. Since Stone arrived in 2007 the average home attendance has increased by over 280 percent - with home crowds averaging 349 during the 2007 season and increasing to 1,332 last year.
"As the team has continued to improve the Lubbock community and the Texas Tech student body have really responded," Stone said. "They have really packed the house for us. The result of that is this great home field advantage."
Texas Tech broke the single-game attendance record twice during the 2011 campaign. In a showdown with Texas A&M on Oct. 7 the John Walker Soccer Complex flooded with an overcapacity crowd of 2,176. Just one week later the record was broken again in front of 2,288 fans against Kansas. Tech hosted a total of 3,520 fans at the John Walker Soccer Complex in the final weekend of home matches - which included a 3-2 double overtime win over Texas.
The Red Raiders will open their 2012 campaign with a two-match homestand beginning with an Aug. 17 opener against Idaho at the John Walker Soccer Complex.