Dec. 2, 2010
BALTIMORE - A record-setting number of Loyola University Maryland men's soccer fans passed through the gates at Ridley Athletic Complex this season to watch the Greyhounds' nine home contests in 2010.
Loyola played its first regular season schedule in the new, state-of-the-art Ridley Athletic Complex as well as hosting the 2010 Chick-fil-A Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship. The Greyhounds' nine games drew 6,720 fans, averaging a record 747 fans per match. Last year, the squad drew 6,797 fans in 10 games, ranking 49th in the country.
The Greyhounds compiled a 5-3-1 record in the inaugural season at the Ridley Athletic Complex, a campaign that saw more than 1,000 fans at three different games. A crowd of 2,090 attended the team's game against then-No. 7 Maryland on September 14, setting a mark for the largest soccer crowd ever at Ridley.
The Greyhounds' home opener against William & Mary on September 7 drew 1,118 fans and the October 2 matchup against Adelphi recorded a crowd of 1,468.
The attendance figures nationwide in Division I for this season have not been released yet, but this year's mark of 747 would have ranked 45th in the nation in 2009 above Navy, Stanford and Virginia Tech.
Loyola also led the MAAC this year in home attendance, outdrawing second-place Marist by an average of 207 fans. The Greyhounds were the only team in the league to record more than 4,500 fans and outpaced Marist's total home mark of 4,317 by nearly 2,500 people.
Combined with attendances figures from road contests, 10,732 fans watched the Greyhounds play this year.