NCAA sets attendance record

Updated: April 11, 2014, 3:59 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2014 Final Four was a record-breaker.

North Texas set a weekend attendance mark with 158,682 for the three games -- 9,006 more than last year in Atlanta. Monday's title game drew a record 79,238, while Saturday's semifinals drew a record 79,444.

Overall, the tournament drew 739,189. Regional sites filled 96 percent of seats, the First Four games were filled to 94 percent of capacity, and second- and third-round sites were 91 percent full.

The national semifinals also were the most-watched college basketball games in cable history. The Kentucky-Wisconsin game grossed 16.3 million viewers, while the Connecticut-Florida game drew 11.7 million viewers. UConn's victory over Kentucky in the final drew 21 million viewers. The NCAA also saw a 76 percent increase in live streams for the semifinal games.


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