CBA Attendance

The Continental Basketball Association was the NBA’s official minor league until Isiah Thomas drove it into the ground in the early part of the 21st century. Attendance information is spotty for the CBA, but the data for a handful of seasons below comes from the league’s annual media guides and/or from the always-excellent Fun While It Lasted by the one-and-only Andrew Crossley, whose research is gratefully acknowledged.

1982-83 Continental Basketball Association
Team G Total Avg.
Albany Patroons 22 44,360 2,016
Wyoming Wildcatters 23 37,446 1,628
Wisconsin Flyers 22 27,001 1,227
Albuquerque Silvers 22 26,735 1,215
Ohio Mixers 23 24,919 1,083
Lancaster Lightning 22 19,114 869
Maine Lumberjacks 21 17,359 827
Billings Volcanos 22    
Detroit Spirits 22    
Montana Golden Nuggets 22    
Reno Bighorns 22    
CBA TOTAL 155 196,934 1,271
 
1983-84 Continental Basketball Association
Team G Total Avg.
Albany Patroons 23 53,911 2,344
Louisville Catbirds 21 43,730 2,082
Detroit Spirits 22 44,963 2,044
Wyoming Wildcatters 22 37,333 1,697
Sarasota Stingers 24 40,403 1,683
Toronto Tornados 22 26,935 1,224
Wisconsin Flyers 22 24,696 1,123
Albuquerque Silvers 22 21,677 985
Bay State Bombardiers 21 19,561 931
Ohio Mixers 21 18,220 868
Lancaster Lightning 22 16,242 738
Puerto Rico Coquis 22 16,028 729
CBA TOTAL 264 363,699 1,378
 
1984-85 Continental Basketball Association
Team G Total Avg.
Tampa Bay Thrillers 24 70,705 2,946
Wyoming Wildcatters 24 69,514 2,896
Albany Patroons 24 63,081 2,628
Evansville Thunder 23 47,440 2,063
Wisconsin Flyers 23 30,341 1,319
Bay State Bombardiers 24 26,669 1,111
Cincinnati Slammers 24 26,256 1,094
Louisville Catbirds 24 25,486 1,062
Detroit Spirits 24 23,036 960
Toronto Tornados 24 22,152 923
Sarasota Stingers 24 14,458 602
Puerto Rico Coquis 24 13,461 561
Lancaster Lightning 24 13,170 549
Albuquerque Silvers 24    
CBA TOTAL 310 445,769 1,438
 
1985-86 Continental Basketball Association
Team G Total Avg.
La Crosse Catbirds 24 94,311 3,930
Albany Patroons 24 63,114 2,630
Kansas City Sizzlers 24 61,852 2,577
Wyoming Wildcatters 24 55,455 2,311
Pensacola Tornados 24 32,621 1,359
Tampa Bay Thrillers 24 32,147 1,339
Florida Stingers 24 26,311 1,096
Cincinnati Slammers 24 26,105 1,088
Bay State Bombardiers 24 25,323 1,055
Wisconsin Flyers 24 24,534 1,022
Detroit Spirits 24 19,062 794
Baltimore Lightning 24 15,524 647
Evansville Thunder 24    
Maine Windjammers 24    
CBA TOTAL 288 476,359 1,654
 
1989-90 Continental Basketball Association
Team G Total Avg.
La Crosse Catbirds 28 131,341 4,691
Quad City Thunder 28 116,858 4,174
Rapid City Thrillers 28 114,688 4,096
Rockford Lightning 28 105,592 3,771
Tulsa Fast Breakers 28 95,785 3,421
Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets 28 87,153 3,113
Albany Patroons 28 82,425 2,944
Grand Rapids Hoops 28 81,064 2,895
Sioux Falls Skyforce 28 79,227 2,830
Omaha Racers 28 75,829 2,708
Columbus Horizon 28 73,108 2,611
San Jose Jammers 28 64,396 2,300
Santa Barbara Islanders 28 58,036 2,073
Pensacola Tornados 28 52,096 1,861
Wichita Falls Texans 28 51,635 1,844
Topeka Sizzlers 28 31,218 1,115
CBA TOTAL 448 1,300,451 2,903
 
1990-91 Continental Basketball Association
Team G Total Avg.
Oklahoma City Cavalry 28 133,214 4,758
Rapid City Thrillers 28 131,076 4,681
La Crosse Catbirds 28 128,821 4,601
Quad City Thunder 28 113,460 4,052
Albany Patroons 28 105,176 3,756
Yakima Sun Kings 28 103,123 3,683
Omaha Racers 28 97,614 3,486
Sioux Falls Skyforce 28 95,335 3,405
Grand Rapids Mackers 28 86,463 3,088
Rockford Lightning 28 83,127 2,969
Columbus Horizon 28 73,436 2,623
Tulsa Fast Breakers 28 73,262 2,617
Tri-City Chinook 28 70,183 2,507
San Jose Jammers 28 67,208 2,400
Pensacola Tornados 28 53,705 1,918
Wichita Falls Texans 28 45,380 1,621
CBA TOTAL 448 1,460,583 3,260
 
1994-95 Continental Basketball Association
Team G Total Avg.
Rapid City Thrillers 28 149,609 5,343
Sioux Falls Skyforce 28 147,066 5,252
Mexico City Aztecas 28 144,761 5,170
Oklahoma City Cavalry 28 133,540 4,769
Quad City Thunder 28 121,260 4,331
Tri-City Chinook 28 119,493 4,268
Fort Wayne Fury 28 111,219 3,972
Chicago Rockers 28 105,434 3,766
Yakima Sun Kings 28 103,990 3,714
Omaha Racers 28 96,111 3,433
Hartford Hellcats 15 51,072 3,405
Rockford Lightning 28 82,402 2,943
Shreveport Crawdads 28 79,899 2,854
Grand Rapids Mackers 28 78,288 2,796
Pittsburgh Piranhas 28 58,009 2,072
Harrisburg Hammerheads 18 18,829 1,046
CBA TOTAL 425 1,600,982 3,767
 
1998-99 Continental Basketball Association
Team G Total Avg.
Sioux Falls Skyforce 28 146,545 5,234
Fort Wayne Fury 28 129,596 4,628
Grand Rapids Hoops 28 127,219 4,544
Idaho Stampede 28 120,714 4,311
La Crosse Bobcats 28 100,020 3,572
Rockford Lightning 28 96,847 3,459
Quad City Thunder 28 90,671 3,238
Yakima Sun Kings 28 89,439 3,194
Connecticut Pride 28 58,726 2,097
CBA TOTAL 252 959,777 3,809
 
2000-2001 Continental Basketball Association
Team G Total Avg.
Idaho Stampede 13 87,103 6,700
Sioux Falls Skyforce 10 45,846 4,585
Fort Wayne Fury 8 34,124 4,266
Yakima Sun Kings 14 42,385 3,028
Rockford Lightning 15 40,758 2,717
Grand Rapids Hoops 12 26,325 2,194
La Crosse Bobcats 11 23,107 2,101
Gary Steelheads 13 24,246 1,865
Connecticut Pride 12 11,137 928
Quad City Thunder 8 7,366 921
CBA TOTAL 116 342,397 2,952
 
At this point, the original CBA folded. Below are available figures from the garbage league of the same name that followed.
 
2001-02 Continental Basketball Association
Team G Total Avg.
Dakota Wizards 20 78,486 3,924
Sioux Falls Skyforce 28 103,546 3,698
Fargo-Moorhead Beez 20 48,374 2,419
Gary Steelheads 28 58,023 2,072
Rockford Lightning 28 56,926 2,033
Grand Rapids Hoops 28 52,610 1,879
Saskatchewan Hawks 13 18,619 1,432
Flint Fuze 19 19,953 1,050
CBA TOTAL 184 436,537 2,372
 
2003-04 Continental Basketball Association
Team G Total Avg.
Sioux Falls Skyforce 24 84,501 3,521
Dakota Wizards 24 73,860 3,078
Idaho Stampede 24 68,303 2,846
Gary Steelheads 24 65,702 2,738
Rockford Lightning 24 54,533 2,272
Yakima Sun Kings 24 48,881 2,037
Great Lakes Storm 24 16,598 692
CBA TOTAL 168 412,378 2,455
 
2004-05 Continental Basketball Association
Team G Total Avg.
Sioux FallsSkyforce 24 83,606 3,484
Dakota Wizards 24 77,463 3,228
Yakima Sun Kings 24 72,231 3,010
Idaho Stampede 24 66,662 2,778
Rockford Lightning 24 52,859 2,203
Gary Steelheads 24 49,611 2,067
Michigan Mayhem 23 40,656 1,768
Great Lakes Storm 24 17,132 714
CBA TOTAL 191 460,220 2,410
 
2005-06 Continental Basketball Association
Team G Total Avg.
Yakama Sun Kings 24 91,780 3,824
Sioux Falls Skyforce 24 84,759 3,532
Dakota Wizards 24 68,665 2,861
Idaho Stampede 24 57,525 2,397
Rockford Lightning 24 50,694 2,112
Albany Patroons 24 48,319 2,013
Gary Steelheads 23 35,255 1,533
Michigan Mayhem 24 26,450 1,102
CBA TOTAL 191 463,447 2,426
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