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Notable Attendance Records for Sporting Events

February 19, 2014

Soccer – 199,854 (estimated 210,000)

Brazil vs. Uruguay, 1950 FIFA World Cup, 7/16/1950 – Estadio de Maracana

Brazil had the ultimate home field advantage in the decisive match of the 1950 FIFA World Cup played at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. However, Uruguay pulled out a 2-1 win that is considered one of the biggest upsets in soccer history. The press and general public had been proclaiming Brazil as the new world champions in the days leading up to the match. A carnival, victory speech, and gold medals inscribed with the Brazilian player’s names had already been ready in preparation for the win. However, the raucous crowd stood in disbelief and silence as Uruguay stole away the title.

World Cup final 1950

Baseball – 115,300

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox – 3/31/2008 – Los Angeles Coliseum

This exhibition game took place as a part of the Dodgers’ 50th anniversary celebration of their move from Brooklyn. The Dodgers had played at the Coliseum for four years before making Chavez Ravine their permanent home in 1962, but they never experienced a crowd like this. The announced crowd of 115,300 surpassed the previous record of 114,000 that watched the Australian national team and an American armed services team play in Melbourne in 1965. Unique dimensions also came into play as home plate to left field was only 201 feet and a 60-foot high screen sat atop the left field wall.

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Football – 115,109

Michigan vs. Notre Dame, 9/7/2013, Michigan Stadium

The Big House earned its nickname on this day as 115,109 fans attended a highly touted matchup between two Top-25 teams. Michigan had set NCAA single season average home attendance records previous in 2011 (112,179 per game) and 2012 (112,252) per game. Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the United States and the third largest stadium in the world. These two teams had also set the attendance record in 2011 when 114,804 people attended a 35-31 Michigan victory.

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Basketball – 108,713

2010 NBA All-Star Game – 2/14/2010 – AT&T Stadium

Hosted by the Dallas Mavericks at Cowboy Stadium, the 2010 NBA All-Star Game shattered the previous attendance record for a basketball game of 78,129 (Kentucky vs. Michigan State, 12/13/2003). AT&T Stadium’s capacity including standing room is 105,000 for a football game, but the special set up for the All-Star game allowed for increased seating. The All-Star game also broke the record previously set by WrestleMania III in 1987 for the single largest attendance for an indoor event.

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Hockey – 104,173 (estimated 113,411)

Michigan vs. Michigan State – 12/11/2010 – Michigan Stadium

Dubbed the The Big Chill at the Big House, this game set the attendance record for all of hockey. Although the temperature was in the mid 40’s, The Big Chill set the Guinness World Record at 104,173 in attendance. However, the unofficial and announced number by the university during the game was 113,411. The Big Chill shattered the previous record attendance of 77,803 set when the United States faced Germany in the opening game of the 0201 IIHF World Championships at the Veltins-Arena in Germany.\

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