GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota led NCAA Division I men’s hockey in home attendance in 2012-13, averaging 11,592 fans in its 21 home games. North Dakota was the only program in the country to average better than 10,000 fans per home game.
UND’s average home attendance of 11,592 was 99.6 percent of capacity in the 11,634-seat Ralph Engelstad Arena, where 12 of the 21 regular season games were played in front of sellout crowds.
A crowd of 12,177 watched UND’s regular season home finale on March 2 against Bemidji State, the second-largest crowd in program history. It was just 12 shy of the school-record 12,189 on Feb. 9, 2002, against Minnesota during the Ralph Engelstad Arena’s first year of operation.
“We have the most dedicated fans in college hockey,” said UND Head Coach Dave Hakstol. “It is a privilege to go to work in front of them every Friday and Saturday night.”
Last season UND finished second nationally in average attendance (11,341), but led the nation in total attendance (249,501). UND had previously ranked second nationally in total attendance for eight straight seasons.
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