UCCS Ranks Sixth in Total Attendance for 2007

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 31, 2007

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team ranked sixth in Division II in total attendance this past season, the University learned Monday.

A total of 2,850 fans watched the Mountain Lions play in 2007, just 15 fewer than No. 5 Mount Olive. Angelo State was the Division II attendance leader with 5,555 fans. St. Mary's was second with 3,688.

UCCS also ranked ninth in average attendance with 190 fans per game. The Mountain Lions had 15 home dates this past season (doubleheaders count as only one date, with the higher attendance of the two games being counted).

"It's just great," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "We have an exciting product that people like to watch and we have a great venue to play at."

The team plays its home games at Mountain Lion Field, which is a part of the Four-Diamonds Sports Complex located on Nevada Ave. approximately a quarter mile north of Austin Bluffs Parkway.

UCCS managed the attendance mark despite playing many games in freezing or near-freezing conditions that are common in Colorado during the February-through-April season. UCCS was the only school among the top 15 not from a warm climate. Three of the leaders were from Texas, four from Florida, three from North Carolina, and one each from South Carolina, Georgia, California and Mississippi.

"With the weather we play in, to get that kind of support is awesome," said Peterson.

UCCS has now ranked among the top 20 nationally in average softball attendance for five consecutive years. The Mountain Lions ranked 19th in 2006 (144), seventh in 2005 (165), sixth in 2004 (177) and 17th in 2003 (137).

The school has also been nationally ranked in total attendance in three of the past four seasons. UCCS missed being among the top 25 in 2005, when it had just nine home dates.

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