Lots of Nebraska games give Big Ten tournament a major attendance boost

A lot of Nebraska translated into a major attendance boost at the Big Ten tournament this week.

It wasn't a perfect scenario for Husker faithfuls to come to TD Ameritrade Park — their team played at 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Friday after a Thursday postponement. But it ended with ideal weather at an ideal time on the Sunday of a holiday weekend.

The final crowd for the Huskers and Ohio State was 17,503, good for second most at a college baseball game this spring.

All told, the five-day total added up to 47,790 across 15 games. That number is up from last year's 12,404, when the Huskers didn't qualify for the event in Omaha, Iowa was a quick out and there were two fewer games.

But both numbers still dwarfed recent years when the tournament was not at the home of the College World Series.

The 2017 edition at Indiana's home field in Bloomington drew 6,712 and the 2015 version at Target Field in Minneapolis attracted 7,384.

The Big Ten expanded to an eight-team tourney format in 2014, and that inaugural one in Omaha remains the best attended at 62,044 in 13 games. The final between Nebraska and Indiana brought 19,965, which was the largest single-game conference tournament crowd in NCAA history.

Omaha will continue to host the league tourney through at least 2022.​

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