2011-12 'Pack the House' Winners
PHILADELPHIA - For
the second straight year, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball
team topped the Ivy League and was one of 33 winners in the NCAA Division I "Pack the House" Challenge.
There is one winner from each conference and the Quakers claimed the Ivy League
title with one of their highest single-game attendance marks of the season.
NCAA will donate $500 to the nonprofit organization of each winning
institution's choice. Penn placed its donation toward the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the fight against Parkinson's Disease.
the House' winners were selected based on marketing plan, creativity and
attendance criteria. 'Pack the House' is a national effort in which conferences
and institutions compete to build attendance. NCAA Division I women's
basketball marketing staffs selected a home game and designated that date as a 'Pack the House' game with the goal of setting an attendance record. Penn
selected the Feb. 25 matchup with Harvard.
A total of 154 Division I institutions participated in the effort that attracted more than
430,000 fans. Sixty-four programs surpassed their single-game attendance highs
from last year. Penn hosted 1,112 fans for the 'Pack the House' challenge,
which was the second highest total of the season and the third time the Quakers
surpassed the 1,000 mark this season.
the fifth year of this initiative, we are pleased to see the continued increase
in attendance, excitement and exposure for our women's basketball programs,"
said Greg Christopher, chair of the Division I Women's Basketball Committee and
director of athletics at Bowling
Green State University. "The year-in and year-out
success of 'Pack the House' is a direct tribute to the commitment level put forth
by the personnel at each campus. These efforts continue to help grow the game."
Last season, Penn claimed the Ivy League's 'Pack the House' Challenge championship for the first time. The Quakers hosted a season-best 707 fans against Columbia on Feb. 12, which at the time was the most
since the 2009 season finale.
of the 2011-12 NCAA "Pack the House" Challenge are:
East - Vermont
Atlantic Coast - Virginia
Atlantic Sun - Florida
Atlantic 10 - Massachusetts
Big East - Marquette
Big Sky -Sacramento
Big South - Winthrop
Big Ten - Iowa
Big 12 - Kansas
Big West - Long
Colonial - Delaware
Great West - New Jersey Institute
Horizon - Green Bay
IVY - PENN
Metro Atlantic - Canisius
Mid-American - Central Michigan
Mid-Eastern - Morgan
Missouri Valley - Missouri
Mountain West - Air Force
Northeast - Central
Valley - Did Not
Pacific-12 - California
Patriot - Bucknell
Southeastern - Kentucky
Southern - Georgia
Southland - Sam
SWAC - Southern University
- Oral Roberts
Sun Belt - South Alabama
West Coast - Portland
WAC - Louisiana
Independents - Longwood
California- Pacific 12