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Women's Final Four crowds smallest since 1990s

April 6, 2011

Tuesday night's NCAA women's basketball championship game at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis was a near-sellout, but it was the smallest crowd to see the title game since 1997, according to the NCAA.

Texas A&M University, making its first Final Four appearance, defeated the University of Notre Dame, 76-70, before 17,473 spectators. Capacity at the stadium is 18,666.  

The 1997 tournament final in Cincinnati drew a crowd of 16,714.

The last time the game was played in Indianapolis, in 2005, a near-record 28,937 were in attendance, but that game was played at the RCA Dome.

Last year's title game in San Antonio drew 22,936.

Sunday's semifinals at Conseco attracted a total of 16,421 to the two-game session, the least-attended semifinal round since 1994, when the event was played in Richmond, Va., and drew 11,966 spectators.

Tickets to this year's event were priced at $175 for the entire tournament and $87.50 for the final game.

The NCAA conducted its first women's Final Four tournament in 1982. Indianapolis will host the event again in 2016.



 

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