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Thursday, January 27, 2011
XLV: More people at stadium than in GB?

By Kevin Seifert

John of Omaha, Neb., supplied this offering to the mailbag:
Here's something to ponder. Which will be bigger: Attendance at the Super Bowl or the population of Green Bay?

The figures are closer than you might realize. As Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com noted, NFL officials are expecting a record 105,000 people to attend Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the latest estimate for the population of Green Bay is 101, 412.

There are caveats on each side, of course. "Only" 95,000 people will actually be in the stadium for the game. The other 10,000 or so apparently will watch on giant HD projection screens located on a party plaza just outside of the stadium -- at the tidy price of $200 per person. NFL officials will count those fans toward official attendance.

As for Green Bay, keep in mind that the population for the greater Brown County area is much larger. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that total to be 247,319. Considering that Lambeau Field is across the street from the Green Bay-Ashwaubenon line, it's pretty relevant point.

If nothing else, this comparison gives us a nice juxtaposition between the excess of Texas and the realities of our little place in middle America.