Gauchos Tighten Stranglehold on Soccer Attendance Lead

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After drawing 13,822 fans to its regular season finale against Cal Poly on Nov. 4, the largest crowd for a college soccer match this season, UC Santa Barbara men's soccer has strengthened its stranglehold on the NCAA regular season attendance lead.   The Gauchos are drawing an average of 5,375 fans per game to Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

UCSB has now led the nation in attendance for five straight years.

The 13,822 fans at the UCSB-Cal Poly match also broke the attendance record for a Big West Conference match and was the second largest crowd in Harder Stadium history.  In 2010, 15,896 fans streamed into Harder Stadium for a match against UCLA.  Earlier in the season, on Sept. 23 against the University of San Diego, the Gauchos played in front of 13,772, the second biggest crowd of the season.

Including the game against the Bruins last year and the two mammoth crowds this  season, UCSB owns the three highest attended on-campus games in NCAA history and four of the top five. 

"Our fans are the best in college soccer, bar none," said UCSB Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mark W. Massari.  "They are a very important piece of a successful soccer program we have here at UCSB."

Here are the top-five schools in attendance in 2011:
1. UCSB - 5,375 fans per game
2. Maryland - 4,005 fans per game
3. Akron - 3,542 fans per game
4. New Mexico - 3,477 fans per game
5. UConn - 3,276 fans per game

The Gauchos will return to Meredith Field at Harder Stadium on Wednesday, Nov. 9 when they host UC Davis in a semifinal match of the Big West Tournament. 

Tickets for the game against the Aggies are available at the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here.