Gallagher-Iba Arena hasn’t exactly been filled to the brim this
Well, what about half-capacity?
Even that’s been a bit of a stretch.
Five home games into its 2017-18 regular season, Oklahoma State has cruised to a perfect 5-0 record — 6-1 overall — but
there hasn’t been many fans there to see it all unfold. Despite Gallagher-Iba Arean having a capacity of 13,611, the
average home attendance thus far has been just 4,587.
First-year Cowboys coach Mike Boynton took to Twitter to encourage fans to do better.
6 home games so far (including exhibition) … Avg home attendance. 4587 🤔#LetsWork
Of course, it hasn’t helped that the competition level hasn’t exactly been demanding of fans to show up in
Oklahoma State opened the season against Pepperdine with a season-high attendance of 5,386, but saw those numbers decline
the following two weeks, down to 4,387 against Charlotte and 4,268 against Oral Roberts. Houston Baptist then drew a slightly
larger crowd of 4,325 and most recently, the attendance number against rose a bit to 4,697.
As Boynton noted, though, the average attendance thus far, which also includes a preseason scrimmage, has been just 4,587,
which amounts to just 34 percent of Gallagher-Iba Arena’s capacity.
Fortunately for Oklahoma State, the competition level will soon rise, and so too should the attendance level.
After hosting Mississippi Valley State on Sunday, the Cowboys will welcome No. 8 Wichita State the following Saturday on
Dec. 9. With an elite foe in the Shockers set to arrive in Stillwater, Okla., in the coming weeks, and Oklahoma State boasting
a 6-1 record thus far, there would seemingly be little reason for fans not to show up in masses.
Well, at least show up more considerably than just an average of 4,587 each time out.