Texas crowd sets Guinness world mark

Updated: June 21, 2011, 11:32 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A Guinness World Record was set at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for "most people wearing sunglasses in the dark" during Tuesday's game between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros.

More than 33,000 fans were given free sunglasses courtesy of Reliant Energy and an official adjudicator from Guinness World Records was on hand to confirm the new mark.

The official record is 424 people because those were the folks in the pre-determined sections -- 314 and 315 -- who would have had sun showing on them if not for the cloudy conditions.

"The minimum requirement was 250," said Danny Girton Jr., senior corporate adjudicator manager for Guinness World Record. "So that was easily surpassed. An unofficial 30,000 plus wore them as well."

The promotion was tied to Tuesday, June 21 -- the longest day of the year.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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