Private Schools the Reason For Low Attendance At State Basketball Tournaments?
Keeping an eye on attendance figures for this year’s OHSAA State Boys Basketball Championships. Note that the first day of the tournaments is nine days earlier than it was last season. Plus, the rotation of the schedule has DIII and DII playing on the first day.
This year’s opening day attendance is up from last year by 3,423.
2016 OHSAA Boys State Basketball Championships
Attendance - Thursday
3-17-16 at Value City Arena
· 8,433 - DIII - Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph vs Lynchburg-Clay
· 8,599 - DIII - Lima Central Catholic vs. St. Bernard Roger Bacon
· 7,998 - DII - Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary vs. Cincinnati Aiken
· 11,152 - DII - New Concord John Glenn vs Bay Village Bay
Attendance - Friday
3-18-16 at Value City Arena
· 7,478 – DIV - Cornerstone Christian vs. Wellington School
· 10,173 – DIV - Lincolnview vs. Jackson Center
· 15,292 – DI – Lima Senior vs. Wilmington - ***
· 10,685 – DI - Westerville South vs. Garfield Heights
*** - 15,292, highest attendance for a Div. I state tournament game since 2007
Attendance - Saturday
3-19-16 at Value City Arena
· 11,109 – DIII Lima Central Catholic vs Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joseph
· 14,643 - DII Akron SVSM vs. New Concord John Glenn
· 9,675 – DIV – Cornerstone Christian vs. Lincolnview
· 13,457 – DI - Lima Senior v. Westerville South
OHSAA State Boys Basketball Tournament Thursday attendance over the past 6 years
Material below added to this story after publication and completed by Stateline Sports Network
Friday Total (4 games)
Saturday Championship Games Attendance
The figures speak for themselves for the lower attendance figures since 2011, but is this the main cause, Private Schools?
According to the OHSAA web site:
All-Time State Tournament Attendance Records
State Semifinals & Finals, All Divisions Combined
Single Game, Semifinal or Final
UPDATED - 3-29-15
From this Columbus Dispatch story: Declining attendance at state tournament troubles OHSAA
(Ohio High School Athletic Association Executive Director Dan) Ross noted that small towns usually bring more people than city or private schools, and this year’s event wasn’t kind that way. When reminded that big-screen televisions probably haven’t helped much either, Ross nodded, looked down and mimicked texting.
“A whole lot of it is societal and cultural,” he said.
Editor’s Note: (Story below is from 2015) After contacting the NW Ohio Athletic Conference Commissioner below about the Tweets on this issue, he replied with a "No Comment" and now we are blocked from viewing his Twitter account. Also note; that all related Tweets on this subject were deleted as well from his account.
We have placed the conversation that took place on Twitter, thanks to our confirmations we found from Twitter sent to our email. Three Twitter accounts are involved. Two will not be listed using their actual handles.
@XXXXXXXX - A HS Athletic Conference Commissioner
@3rd party - Person who was involved in conversation
Top line Twitter handle is who tweeted the comment
This tweet appeared yesterday after attendance figures started to come in from the D IV contests on Thursday.
"Attendance at the OHSAA Boys State Tournament will suffer
this weekend due to 8 private schools and weather."
@XXXXXXXX not a big fan of privates?
@StateSportsNet Didn't say that. They just don't have
the community support that public schools tend to have.
@XXXXXXXX saw the attendance figures, I know one state
who would take the #'s I saw today...not bad for a Thurs
starting at 1045am
@StateSportsNet Numbers are not good compared to historical
averages. 10k seems to be the benchmark.
@StateSportsNet @XXXXXXXX bad matchups or not big
followings for those schools?
@3rd party @StateSportsNet One private in each game,
no real community support for them. Makes a huge difference.
Keep an eye on DIII.
@@XXXXXXXX @3rd party so (your private school) doesn't travel
well in the (league)?
@StateSportsNet @3rd party They sure do, not the same.
(our private school) would travel well to state. Larger
cities with privates don't support.
@XXXXXXXX we are working on a story based on your comments
about this issue - you can email me at
@StateSportsNet No comment!
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