Sunday, August 4, 2013
Saturday camp attendance: 110,081 (!)
By Kevin Seifert
We don't keep detailed attendance records here at NFC North blog headquarters, so I'm going to take a bit of a leap here. I feel fairly confident in saying that more people attended NFC North training camps on Saturday than on any day in the history of, well, history.
All four of our teams held a version of Family Day -- two at their home stadiums, two at their camp sites -- and when you add up the announced attendance figures, you come up with a startling figure of 110,081. (And we're talking about practice!)
The Green Bay Packers reported they set a new Family Night record at Lambeau Field, which filled with 63,047 fans for a full-contact scrimmage. The Detroit Lions tripled their previous high by squeezing 6,034 fans into their year-round training facility in Allen Park, Mich. The Chicago Bears welcomed 29,000 to Soldier Field for Fan Fest, and the Minnesota Vikings got 12,000 fans into Blakeslee Stadium in the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, for their annual night practice.
I think we all know how popular the NFL is these days, and obviously the Packers drove more than half of the final total. Saturday also marked a relatively rare four-way confluence of fan-oriented events. But still. More than 100,000 people watching football practice on a summer Saturday in the Upper Midwest? That's pretty stinkin' cool.