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UConn Men’s Basketball: Many Factors Point To Poor Attendance All Season

UConn Men’s Basketball: Many Factors Point To Poor Attendance All Season

The UConn men's basketball team averaged 8,732 fans for home games this season, down about 1,700 from the 2015-16 average of 10,413. For the first time since Gampel Pavilion opened in 1990, the Huskies did not play to a sellout at either Gampel in Storrs or the XL Center in Hartford.

A losing season — the Huskies' first since 1986-87 — played a role. And it trickled down to the AAC Tournament at the XL Center, where overall attendance was about 27,000, compared to 45,000 in 2014. UConn played three games and drew 20,296, a 6,765 average.

The tournament returns to Orlando next year. After that, the site is undetermined, and while officials said they have been pleased...