Detroit Final Four Sets Multiple Attendance Records

The NCAA has released their final figures for the events surrounding the 2009 NCAA Men's Final Four and they show a number of records were broken.

Detroit now holds the attendance records for several of the NCAA's marquee events, including The Big Dance, NCAA Hoop City, the Final Four Dribble and the Road to the Final Four 5K Run/Walk.

Attendance figures show that between 32,000 and 34,000 fans packed Ford Field on Friday, April 3, to watch the teams' practices and the Hershey's College All-Star Game.

For The Big Dance concerts, officials say the 300,000 music fans packed the Riverfront for three days of food, fun and entertainment by national recording artists and 40 local bands.

The attendance breaks down with 60,000 fans attending the AT&T Block part on Friday, 125,000 fans attending Big Dance Saturday and 115,000 fans attending the My Coke Fest on Sunday.

Meanwhile, 76,079 people took part in NCAA Hoop City over at Cobo Center for the first three days of the event. Attendance figures for the fourth and final day are still being compiled.

The Road to the Final Four 5K Run/Walk attracted 1,702 runners who raced through downtown and along the Riverfront on Saturday.

And not to be outdone, the National Semifinals and Championship games brought more than 145,000 people to Ford Field over the course of the weekend.

In talking about the attendance, Greg Shaheen, the NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball and Business Strategies says "Detroit proved itself to be one of America’s great sports and music cities and exceeded all expectations for the weekend. This weekend was a celebration of another great NCAA men’s basketball season and millions of people who follow the game from every corner of the country and world. Detroiters demonstrated great warmth, spirit, and hospitality and helped make this a memorable weekend for visiting and local fans alike."


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