March 15, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Heading into its regular-season finale against North Carolina this Friday, the Alabama gymnastics team once again finds itself among the national leaders when it comes to women's collegiate athletics attendance.
Alabama, which has averaged 13,742 fans per meet this season, is once again among the top three when it comes to women's attendance, standing alongside Tennessee basketball and Utah gymnastics as the only programs to draw more than 11,000 per event this season.
The Tide's mark includes two meets that drew more than 14,000 fans and two others that were over 12,000. This season marks the third year in a row that the gymnastics team has drawn four or more crowds over 12,000 fans.
Alabama head coach Sarah Patterson takes a great deal of pride not just in the number of fans her program draws year-in and year-out, but the type of fans who come to see her gymnasts compete.
"Our fans are truly amazing," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "They are so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and supportive; they are constantly lifting our ladies to new heights. They are without a doubt the best fans in the country."
The Tide had a capacity turnout of 15,075 for its Power of Pink meet against Arkansas and 14,501 for its season opener against Georgia. A total of 12,457 fans braved stormy weather to see Alabama take on the Florida Gators while the Tide drew 12,936 fans for last Friday's Tornado Relief meet against Missouri.
Alabama's meet against Arkansas marks the Tide's ninth sellout since 1997 and eighth time in the last seven years.
Tickets for Friday's regular-season finale against the UNC Tarheels, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m., are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum or online at RollTide.com.