Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State Aggies played on Saturday night before the largest crowd to pack the Pan American Center since the facility renovation in 2006.
The Aggies 61-57 win over Chicago State drew 12,572 fans to the Pan Am, bettering the 12,533 on Dec. 9, 2006 when the Aggies beat UTEP 71-69 and the 12,482 that was present on Jan. 20, 2007 when NM State bettered Nevada 80-73.
“The atmosphere was electric and the crowd noise was amazing,” said NM State Coach Marvin Menzies. “It was a great way to celebrate our seniors and the season we had. Thanks for giving us a great memory.”
The Pan American Center’s seating capacity was reduced with the renovations.
The game was the sixth game since the renovation that boasted an attendance of better than 11,500.
The Aggies (21-10, 13-1), the regular season Western Athletic Conference Champions, will play again on Friday in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
NM State received a bye and will play the winner of Thursday’s quarterfinal game featuring fourth seeded Bakersfield and fifth seeded Utah Valley. The semifinal tips at 7 p.m. Mountain (6 p.m. Pacific) on Friday evening.
TOP NM STATE CROWDS SINCE 2006
12,572 March 7, 2015 def. Chicago State 61-57
12,533 Dec. 9, 2006 def. UTEP 71-69
12,482 Jan. 20, 2007 def. Nevada 80-73
11,948 March 10, 2007 def. Utah State 72-70 (WAC Tournament Championship)
11, 553 March 9, 2007 def. Boise State 88-69 (WAC Tournament Semifinal)
11,532 March 8, 2007 def. Louisiana Tech 77-70 (WAC Tournament Quarterfinal)