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Monday, April 6, 2009
Attendance records shattered


DETROIT -- Tonight's crowd shattered the NCAA record for attendance at a Final Four.

The finals crowd of 72,922 at Ford Field is the second-largest to ever watch a college basketball game. A crowd of 78,129 watched Michigan State play Kentucky at this very venue on Dec. 13, 2003.

Tonight's crowd is also the largest to watch an NCAA tournament game or session, beating the previous record of 72,456 set here for Saturday night's national semifinals.

It's also the biggest crowd for an NCAA championship game, besting the previous mark of 64,959 set when Indiana and Syracuse played for the 1987 national title at the Louisiana Superdome.

Ford Field drew a two-day crowd of 145,378, the biggest in Final Four history.