The Kohl Center has become one of the toughest places in the country for opposing teams to play, especially since Bo Ryan became head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2001-02 season. The Badger fans are a big part of that reason, continuing to pack the Kohl Center year after year and last season was no different.
Wisconsin finished seventh nationally last year in home attendance, averaging 17,104 fans in 17 games at the Kohl Center. That’s good enough for second-best in the Big Ten, just one spot behind Indiana’s 17,359 in 18 games at Assembly Hall. The Badgers have ranked in either of the top two spots in conference in the past 12 straight years.
Ahead of the Badgers nationally were Syracuse, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Creighton and Indiana.
Since Ryan has taken over the reigns in Madison, the Badgers have been almost unbeatable at the Kohl Center. In the 13 years that Ryan has been the head coach of Wisconsin, the Badgers have compiled a 195-21 record in that stretch. During Ryan’s tenure, Wisconsin has also been dominant in Big Ten play on their home court going a remarkable 97-14.
It’s been debated that Madison has some of the best fans in the nation and this certainly helps their cause. Fans in the state of Wisconsin love their sports and their teams, especially the Badgers. Packing a great venue like the Kohl Center is also nothing new. Wisconsin fans sold out the Kohl Center 143 consecutive games from 2003 to 2011.
Coming off a great Final Four run a year ago, look for the Badger faithful to pack the Kohl Center once again this upcoming season.