The Bearcats open their season at home August 30 with arch-rival Missouri Western. Last year, they ranked ninth nationally out of 168 Division II teams with an average attendance of 7,884 per home game. This map of 2017 average home attendance indicates the midwest states of Missouri and Kansas represented by the MIAA Conference had three teams among the highest 10 teams. Central Missouri ranked sixth, with 8,425, while Pittsburg State ranked eighth, at 7,962. Tuskegee University, in Alabama, led all teams with an average attendance of 14,998 per game. The deep south boasts six teams among the top ten in attendance.