Even by Texas high school football standards, the enormous crowd at a recent state championship was absolutely amazing.
According to the Dallas Morning News, a total of 54,347 fans showed up to AT&T Stadium near Dallas for the Class 5A Division I championship between Allen and Pearland. The stadium's upper deck was opened for the first time ever at a high school game.
For reference, Sunday's Bills-Dolphins game in Buffalo only attracted 54,305 fans.
Here's what AT&T Stadium looked like for the 5A championship:
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The Allen-Pearland game broke a longstanding high school attendance record. And, as you can guess, that mark was also set in Texas. In 1977, 49,953 people were in attendance for the 4A Division II championship game between Plano and Port Neches-Groves at Texas Stadium, the Cowboys' previous home in Irving.
Allen dominated Pearland in this year's game, winning by a final score of 63-28.
"These are things that the kids will tell their grandkids," Pearland coach Tony Heath said of the record crowd. "That's pretty special."
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