105,000 expected in Super Bowl crowd

Updated: January 27, 2011, 9:04 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

NFL officials are expecting a record 105,000 fans to be in attendance for Super Bowl XLV between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers on Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

According to NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy, the final seating capacity hasn't been set, but 100,000 tickets have been sold, with 95,000 going inside the stadium and another 5,000 dedicated to the Party Plaza area that will be located outside the stadium.

Those tickets went on sale last week for $800 for a block of four and are sold out.

NFL officials have said the fans watching the game on the huge HD projection screens in the area just outside the stadium will count toward the official attendance.

The NFL record for attendance at a Super Bowl occurred on Jan. 20, 1980 when 103,985 fans attended Super Bowl XIV between the Steelers and Los Angeles Rams at the Rose Bowl. The largest crowd for any NFL game came when the Dallas Cowboys played the Houston Oilers in front of 112,376 fans in a preseason game in 1994 at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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