COLUMBIA, Mo - According to GymInfo.com, Missouri gymnastics finished among the top-20 in average home meet attendance this past season. This marks the second consecutive year that the Tigers have placed in the top-20 attendance rankings.
In 2014, Missouri fans averaged 2,114 fans at the home Hearnes Center meets which ranked 17th in the country. This year's season high attendance of 3,053 fans came on Feb. 7 against Southeast Missouri State for the annual "Beauty and the Beast" meet. Missouri's max attendance figure this season also finished in the respective top-20 rankings, as the 3,053 mark placed 18th best in the nation.
Under first year head coach Shannon Welker, the Missouri gymnastics program enjoyed a bounce-back year in many facets. Highlighted by an outstanding 6-2 record in the month of February, Tigers fans made their way to the Hearnes Center consistently throughout the year. The 2,114 average home attendance was the second highest figure in Missouri gymnastics since 2010.
"Mizzou gymnastics is so grateful for all of the support we receive from our fans," said Welker. "Our fan support has such a positive impact on our performance and the overall excitement of the event. The SEC has such a high caliber of gymnastics and Mizzou provides an entertaining and fact paced family atmosphere at our competitions."
"We are excited about building on the momentum and fielding a very competitive team for next season. Thank you again to all our loyal fans and make sure to get your season tickets for the 2015 campaign!"
Along with Missouri, the Tigers fellow SEC gymnastics opponents made their presence known in this year's national attendance numbers. Alabama (2nd), Georgia (3rd), Florida (4th), LSU (5th), Auburn (6th), Kentucky (8th), and Arkansas (9th) all ranked among the nation's best average home attendance figures.
Next season, Missouri gymnastics will once again have one of the premier schedules in the country. Featuring top-tier out of conference opponents and familiar SEC foes, Tigers fans will be treated to some of the best collegiate gymnastics competition in the nation.
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2014 Women's Gymnastics Average Home Attendance Leaders
1 - Utah - 14,375
2 - Alabama - 12,825
3 - Georgia - 9,504
4 - Florida - 7,366
5 - LSU - 5,586
6 - Auburn - 5,577
7 - UCLA - 5,107
8 - Kentucky - 3,265
9 - Arkansas - 3,235
10 - Oregon State - 2,973
11 - Michigan - 2,574
12 - North Carolina - 2,386
13 - North Carolina State - 2,361
T-14 - Iowa State - 2,254
T-14 - Nebraska - 2,254
16 - Oklahoma - 2,148
17 - MIZZOU - 2,114
18 - Kent State - 2,113
19 - Penn State - 2,017
20 - Southern Utah - 1,962