2003 : MSU-Kentucky Basketbowl Held at Ford Field

December 13, 2018 all-day

Photo of Basketbowl event courtesy of wikipedia

The Basketbowl was a college basketball game between Michigan State University and the University of Kentucky held on December 13, 2003 at Ford Field, a domed American football stadium in Detroit, Michigan. The announced crowd of 78,129 set a record for verified attendance at a basketball game in history. While the record was broken at the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, which drew 108,713 to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Basketbowl still holds the record for attendance at a college basketball game. Kentucky won the game 79–74, never trailing throughout the contest. The NCAA was so impressed with the massive size of the crowd that they decided in 2008 to expand the seating capacity for the Men’s Division I Basketball Championship to a minimum of 70,000 starting with the 2009 Final Four, which would be held in that stadium.

For more information, visit the Basketbowl wikipedia entry.

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