Ashley Lahue


Ball State gymnastics received a record attendance with 1,564 people for their meet against Florida on Jan. 11 at Irving Gymnasium. DN PHOTO KAITLIN LANGE

GYMNASTICS: Standing crowds could force move to Worthen Arena

If Ball State gymnastics continues to draw as large of a crowd as the team's first meet, a move to Worthen Arena could be in store, said Dan Byrnes, director of sports facilities and recreation services. Sunday’s meet against the University of Florida brought a record-breaking crowd of 1,564 people to Irving Gym, located in the Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center. “Normally our crowds are five to six hundred ... that’s why we built it the way we did,” Byrnes said. With only 600 seats available, nearly 1,000 spectators stood for the duration of the two-hour gymnastics meet. According to USA Gymnastics, the sport has seen a 28 percent increase in athletes in the past 10 years, reaching 110,000 gymnasts nationwide.

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