Crowd at title game sets stadium record
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)
The number of revelers who made their way to the vicinity of Monday night's BCS championship game approached 100,000.
Inside, the crowd of 78,603 set a University of Phoenix Stadium record, easily eclipsing the 74,628 who watched the 2007 BCS championship game between Florida and Ohio State.
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Coach Gene Chizik praised the ''Auburn Family'' that crossed the country to cheer on the Tigers. Auburn had a bigger contingent inside the stadium.
''Those 30- or 40,000 fans that came into that stadium tonight,'' he said, ''and probably another 10,000 that were outside and probably another 10,000 that wanted to come back home but couldn't get here.''
The attendance for all bowl games totaled 1,822,000, topping 1.8 million for the first time. The old record of 1.774 million was set in the 2008-09 bowl season.7.