posted June 19, 2004

Flying Dutchmen Top Nation in Home Attendance

Hope College led all NCAA Division III men's basketball teams in home attendance during the 2003-04 season according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

It marks the second consecutive year that Hope led the nation's Division III schools in home attendance and the sixth time in school history. Other years were 1984, 1991, 1996, 1999 and 2003.

The MIAA co-champion Flying Dutchmen averaged 2,491 fans over 14 home games played at the Holland Civic Center. League rival Calvin ranked third in the national attendance figures, averaging 2,014 fans over 13 home games.

Hope and Calvin helped the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) to top all Division III conferences in home attendance for the 13th consecutive year with an average of 1,049 fans a game.

Next season the Flying Dutchmen will be playing at the storied Holland Civic Center for the 51st and final year. With only two losing home seasons since 1954-55, the Flying Dutchmen have an impressive 451-112 record at the Civic Center. Hope was 12-2 at the Civic in 2003-04.

Construction is underway for the new Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse with completion planned in time for the 2005-06 season. The new fieldhouse will have a seating capacity of 3,500 compared to the 2,550 of the Civic Center.