Penn State had one of the biggest increases in average home attendance last season, but still lags behind most of the Big Ten in numbers released by the NCAA on Monday.
The Nittany Lions saw an average of 1,787 more fans turn out for games at the Bryce Jordan Center for the 2014-15 season, compared to the previous year. The increase was fifth-best among Division I schools.
However, Penn State averaged just 8,044 fans at the 15,261-seat Jordan Center. The average is 56th in the nation and 12th among the 14 Big Ten schools. Only Northwestern and Rutgers had smaller attendance figures.
The Big Ten led the nation in conference attendance with 3,195,137 total fans and an average of 12,781. The conference put 10 schools among the top 30 in Division I, led by No. 5 Wisconsin’s 17,279 average.