White Out/Sell Out Produces Outstanding Crowd

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)

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