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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-Nov. 4, 2002
Contact: John Johnson or Randy Allen
517.332.5046 or www.mhsaa.com
Attendance Remains High
At 2001-02 MHSAA Tournaments
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Nov. 5 - Attendance at Michigan High
School Athletic Association post-season tournament events remained
strong during the 2001-02 school year, with new records set in
overall spectatorship in Competitive Cheer and Ice Hockey.
The overall attendance figure of 1,578,557 was the third highest
ever to the 1999-00 record total of 1,668,905 fans. The boys
attendance mark of 1,214,542 ranked third all-time, as did the
girls figure of 364,015.
The girls competitive cheer tournament series drew 10,390, topping
the old record of 9,522 the previous year; and the Regionals
attendance for that tournament of 7,125 far exceeded the previous
record of 5,889 fans in 1999-2000.
For the third consecutive year, ice hockey, in its three-division
format, has set new attendance marks. This past year's tournament
set marks at the Regional (40,201), Quarterfinal (8,808) and
overall (59,039). The old overall record was 54,966 a year ago.
The Boys Soccer Finals set a new attendance record last year
with 5,950 fans, topping the old mark of 5,564 in 1998-99; and
the Girls Volleyball Semifinals set a new mark with 4,031, passing
the old mark of 3,954 in the first year of the 16-team, two-day
Also of note was Baseball recording its third highest series
attendance ever with 45,056; Boys Basketball attracting 93,508
fans for the Final round (quarterfinal-semifinal-final) of that
tournament, its highest since the 1998 event; Team Dual Wrestling
drawing its second highest spectator total ever for the series
with 365,490; Girls Gymnastics having its second highest series
number of 2,472; Softball notching its third highest total (41,430)
and District (23,939) attendance figures; and Girls Volleyball
drawing its second highest Finals crowd ever of 3,868.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary
membership by over 1,300 public and private senior high schools
and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common
rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government
funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such
association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament
entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these
rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which
attract approximately 1.6 million spectators each year.
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