Saturday, March 7, 2009

Tournament Continues to Put Up Numbers

ALBANY, N.Y. - Attendance through the first three days of this year's MAAC tournament is 27,151, the second-highest figure through six sessions since the event has been contested at a single site, dating back to 1990.

It puts this year's event on pace to challenge its all-time attendance figure of 50,087 set in 2000 when the Albany arena also hosted the tournament, and ahead of the second all-time attendance mark of 46,254 in 1998 when the tournament was also in Albany.

Those marks, though, will only be challenged or surpassed if hometown favorite Siena advances into Monday's championship game.

Yesterday's crowd of 9,656 for an early evening session that included Siena's victory over Canisius, accounted for the highest session attendance since a crowd of 11,844 turned out for the championship game of the 2000 tournament.

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