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Super Bowl XLV nearly certain to shatter* attendance record

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Not since Super Bowl XXI, the next-to-last NFL game played in the Rose Bowl, have more than 100,000 fans attended a championship game.

This year, it’s virtually certain that more than 100,000 will attend the game in Dallas, especially since the term “attend” will be defined loosely to include folks who pay $200 to watch the game outside Cowboys Stadium on an HD screen.  NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy tells Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com that those folks will count toward the official attendance.

Per Watkins, roughly 93,000 are expected to be inside the stadium.  The record for Super Bowl attendance was set in January 1980, when 103,985 attended the game between the L.A. Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The first regular-season game ever played at Cowboys Stadium, a 2009 loss to the Giants, drew 105,121 fans, thanks to ample use of “party pass” standing-room tickets.  A 2005 regular-season game between the Cardinals and 49ers in Mexico City attracted 103,467.

But should folks who aren’t even in the stadium count toward attendance?  At a minimum, a Texas-sized asterisk needs to be applied to the final number.

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35 Responses to “Super Bowl XLV nearly certain to shatter* attendance record”
  1. edgy says: Jan 20, 2011 4:43 PM

    Actually, I think that they can shatter it with the pavilion area alone. They can get about 109,000 with that area filled and they hold the regular season attendance record with 105,000+ and if they were to give them some other incentives, you can bet that enough people will show up in the stadium for the game. :)

  2. tcostant says: Jan 20, 2011 4:48 PM

    P.T. Barnum was right.

  3. justadude71 says: Jan 20, 2011 4:48 PM

    If they are not IN the stadium, they are not attending.

  4. tonymission says: Jan 20, 2011 4:48 PM

    How can it count if they aren’t actually inside the stadium?

    Come on man!

  5. redguy12588 says: Jan 20, 2011 4:52 PM

    Everything is bigger in Texas, including the syringes used on Jerry Jones’ face

  6. hwentworth says: Jan 20, 2011 4:54 PM

    How much did Jerry Jones pay for this article to be written? At least a first round draft pick…

  7. hoobsher says: Jan 20, 2011 4:55 PM

    attaboy jerry, w.e it takes to make a buck

    say, hows that w-l lookin for 2010?

  8. erikw65 says: Jan 20, 2011 4:56 PM

    Yeah, because people are willing to pay $200.00 to sit on grass outside the stadium and watch the game on a jumbotron.

  9. doe22us says: Jan 20, 2011 4:56 PM

    Did i just see $200 stones to sit outside of a stadium. As Will Ferrel will say what an idiot…..

  10. hobartbaker says: Jan 20, 2011 4:58 PM

    Players, coaches and staff from the two competing teams were surprised to find that they were required to buy tickets to gain entrance to the Stadium.

  11. nothatsnotright says: Jan 20, 2011 4:59 PM

    “Not since Super Bowl XXI, the last NFL game played in the Rose Bowl…”

    You mean Super Bowl XXVII?

  12. steveack says: Jan 20, 2011 5:01 PM

    If you are not in the stadium you are not in attendance.

  13. lemmam says: Jan 20, 2011 5:12 PM

    if someone spends $200 for a ticket to stand outside at jerryworld, let ‘em count ‘em

  14. pervyharvin says: Jan 20, 2011 5:14 PM

    Did they take into consideration that if by a freak of nature the Packers make the SB that each Packer fan needs 2 seats?Concession food will have to be tripled at least?

  15. geezohman says: Jan 20, 2011 5:19 PM

    The record for Super Bowl attendance was set in January 1980, when 103,985 attended the game between the L.A. Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers.

    That will be broke again !

    Green Bay Packers against the … YES.. Pittsburgh Steelers….

    oh yeah…
    Here we go Steelers, here we go…

    I want to see Goodell hand that Trophy to Ben ! ha !

  16. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 20, 2011 5:28 PM

    Steelers & Packers will be a ratings monster.

  17. hobartbaker says: Jan 20, 2011 5:38 PM

    After the last fan was sardined into the stadium, it’s motors whirred to life, it lifted from the ground, hovered for a few moments with strobe lights flashing, then shot off towards the research labs of Alpha Centauri. To complete the pre arranged sale from Jerry Jones.

  18. closisgood says: Jan 20, 2011 5:48 PM

    It isn’t Jerry making more money. The NFL basically makes all the money off the super bowl.

  19. FinFan68 says: Jan 20, 2011 6:04 PM

    Let’s see, $200 to hang around the parking lot (let’s not forget the parking charges that are likely to be $50) and watch the game on a jumbotron, surrounded by potentially drunk/angry people I don’t know, in unknown weather conditions, with only well used port-o-potties a few hundred feet away and then drive home through a ridiculous amount of traffic …orrrrrrr…pay absolutely nothing to watch the game on my couch in front of the big-screen HDTV, with friends, and easy access to a sanitary bathroom and whatever food we happen to want…hmm, what to do? It amazes me that there are people stupid enough to even consider $200 to watch the game next to the stadium. This just shows what the NFL thinks of the fans. It’s thought processes like this that lead to $8 hot dogs and $10 beer and PSLs for tickets you already bought.

  20. metalhead65 says: Jan 20, 2011 6:19 PM

    what sane person would spend that kind of money to sit outside the stadium?if you have that kind of money to waste go buy yourself a 65″ plasma tv and watch it at home.

  21. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 20, 2011 6:27 PM

    So if they charge $100 for people to watch from the parking lot, do they count those people? They could offer free hotdogs and beer for $100 with huge TV’s and probably get the official number up to 200k. What a freaking joke. If you ain’t IN the stadium you shouldn’t count. Just stupid. This doesn’t pass the good ol’ “smell test”.

  22. burntorangehorn says: Jan 20, 2011 6:27 PM

    hobartbaker, I’m recommending your post for a Hugo award.

  23. gorilladunk says: Jan 20, 2011 6:45 PM

    The area where the fans who buy standing room passes is on the east side of the stadium. It is a concrete area. Don’t kid yourselves, there will be tons of these things sold. @edgy…the pavilion areas have been taken by temporary bleachers, so there will be no “standing area”, per se, inside the stadium. While those standing outside the building should not be counted toward attendance figures, this is a pretty novel concept that fits well for the logistical set-up of Cowboys Stadium. You can bag on the Cowboys all you want (and deservedly so), but the stadium itself is a fantastic place to watch a game and those who choose to criticize it either haven’t seen it or are just plain envious. It is a wonderful facility.

  24. PCa Survivor says: Jan 20, 2011 7:17 PM

    nothatsnotright says: Jan 20, 2011 4:59 PM

    “Not since Super Bowl XXI, the last NFL game played in the Rose Bowl…”

    You mean Super Bowl XXVII?

    _________________________

    Maybe the original post has been modified but at 7:15 p.m. EST it reads

    “Not since Super Bowl XXI, the next-to-last NFL game played in the Rose Bowl..” (emphasis added)

  25. granadafan says: Jan 20, 2011 7:29 PM

    “You can bag on the Cowboys all you want (and deservedly so), but the stadium itself is a fantastic place to watch a game and those who choose to criticize it either haven’t seen it or are just plain envious. It is a wonderful facility.”
    ——————————————————————

    gorilladunk, no one is “bagging on” the Cowboys facility. Read the thread and take that gigantic chip off your shoulder. People are mocking the NFL and Jerry for having the stones to charge people $200 to sit OUTSIDE on grass and have the wherewithal to count them as attendees. Kudos to them if they find any suckers who will shell out that dough.

  26. joelvis72 says: Jan 20, 2011 7:40 PM

    I don’t know if I’d use the term “fans” to label the attendees…thousands of corporate pimps and those old farts currently in heavy rotation in the Visa commercials.

  27. R8RBOB says: Jan 20, 2011 7:54 PM

    Any fan who pays $200 to sit outside and watch the game on a HD screen needs to have Jerry and Roger rob them on the way out. This is a joke. Go to a bar or a friend’s house. Offer to chip in on drinks and food for a Super Bowl party but in the name of GOD don’t give the NFL $200 to sit outside the stadium.

  28. laxer37 says: Jan 20, 2011 7:54 PM

    Finally, a game that really matters is being played in the Jerry Dome.

  29. cowboyerik says: Jan 20, 2011 8:40 PM

    HOW MUCH IS A PARTY PASS TO THE SUPERBOWL! IF IT’S 200 OUTSIDE, HAS TO BE MORE FOR A PARTY PASS! I agree, nuts to pay to stand outside, how the heck would that work!

  30. romoscollarbone says: Jan 20, 2011 9:11 PM

    If they open the glass endzone windows, and run some ropes around the area, I can see it counting. Who cares if they break the attendance record, is it that big of a deal.

    “Oh no, Jerry Jones is so evil for building a stadium large enough to break the record” It’s a big building, built by a guy with a big ego. Nothing more nothing less. Why wouldn’t the NFL want as many people there as possible? More $$$

  31. 1bigtex says: Jan 20, 2011 9:31 PM

    Once again guys, Jerry doesn’t have any control over the tickets for the Super Bowl. The NFL has 100% control of the seating arrangements. Every team gets an allotment of Super Bowl tickets to sell. The outside seating is going to be offered first to Cowboys’ season ticket holders who were shut out on getting in the game.

  32. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Jan 20, 2011 10:21 PM

    Question: I’ll be watching it from home in my living room. Will I count towards attendance? Do I owe Jerry Jones $200?

  33. 1bigtex says: Jan 20, 2011 10:45 PM

    Uh, Slow Joe, you owe Goddell the $200. You just owe Jones for parking and concessions.

  34. goldsteel says: Jan 20, 2011 10:51 PM

    I’m sure that impresses Jerry Jones. He certainly wants his to be the biggest. Somewhat ironic that the potentially largest attendance for a football game will also be the last game for the foreseeable future.

  35. masterofthegridiron says: Jan 21, 2011 12:19 AM

    Cowboy haters even hate the SuperBowl cause it’s being played at our place….wow

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