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New Final Four Attendance Record Expected For AT&T Stadium In '14

Officials from the Big 12 and the Cowboys "expect a record crowd of more than 80,000 people" for the '14 Final Four at AT&T Stadium, according to Dave Skretta of the AP. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Cowboys Exec VP/Brand Management Charlotte Jones Anderson yesterday said that they "anticipate breaking the mark for a national semifinal" of 75,421 set during the '11 Final Four at Reliant Stadium. Anderson: "We have the capacity to host over 80,000, and that's been distributed through the NCAA channels. We hope that we can open that capacity beyond that for standing room. That is ... under consideration by the NCAA at this point." Bowlsby said, "We're going to have events all over the Metroplex. There are a lot of fun things that are going to go on during the course of the weekend." Skretta noted the record for a championship game is 74,326, "set during Louisville's 82-76 victory over Michigan" during the '13 Final Four at the Georgia Dome. The Dallas area has not hosted a Final Four since the '86 event was held at Reunion Arena, but AT&T Stadium "has played host to several basketball games" since it opened in '09 (AP, 10/22).
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