Every time the Final Four ends up at a football stadium, the potential is there for attendance records to be broken. That happened again during the national semifinals on Saturday night with 79,444 people attending the two games at AT&T Stadium in North Texas. It beat the previous record of 78,129 that was set just four months ago. It’s pretty obvious that the NCAA needs to be continuing this tradition of the championship games in bigger arenas to draw as many people as possible in.
The last time that a Final Four wasn’t in a football stadium was 2008 at the Alamodome in San Antonio–and if that arena is taken out of the picture, the last time was in 1996. Fans want to go to the Final Four games in droves and having them in places where 75 or 80,000 can be seated comfortably works well for revenue. Next year’s Final Four is in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, with the 2016 event at Houston’s NRG Stadium.
It is possible that attendance records continue to be broken especially with how popular the NCAA Tournament is. When will the 80,000 mark be broken? Might be the national title game this year, or maybe next season, but it’s coming sooner than later.