Notre Dame vs. Michigan Sets College Football Attendance Record, Again

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistSeptember 7, 2013

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 07: Taylor Lewan #77 and Courtney Avery #11 of the Michigan Wolverines lead the team onto the field before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Saturday's Michigan vs. Notre Dame football game, in which the Wolverines won 41-30, set the record for the highest attendance at a college football game as 115,109 people piled into The Big House, per Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports.

The festivities for Saturday's game were off the charts. Former Michigan great Tom Harmon was honored in a ceremony that also included his son Mark, the star of the CBS show NCIS, bestowing Harmon's number 98 jersey on Wolverines' quarterback Devin Gardner.  Gardner will wear 98 for the rest of his Michigan career.

Detroit-native rapper Eminem, who is usually very reclusive, also showed up and made an appearance on ESPN's broadcast during halftime. 


The last time the Wolverines set an attendance record for a home game was in 2011, when Michigan hosted, you guessed it, Notre Dame. That game, which the Wolverines won 35-31, brought in 114,804 fans. 

According to Fornelli, this is the second game that has beaten the record crowd for a Michigan vs. Ohio State game at Michigan Stadium. The attendance record for one of the most heated rivalries in all of sports happened in 2011 as well. The Wolverines won that game too in front of 114,132 fans.

Michigan and Ohio State meet up on Nov. 30 in Michigan, a game that could possibly beat the attendance record set on Saturday. 

In 2012, according to Rodger Sherman of SB Nation, the Wolverines set an NCAA record for average attendance per game with 112,179. 

Michigan Stadium holds the third-highest amount of people of any stadium in the world, trailing only Rungnado May Day Stadium in North Korea and Salt Lake Stadium in India. 

Penn State, Tennessee, Ohio State, Alabama and Texas are all also ranked in the top 10 of highest-capacity stadiums worldwide, each holding over 100,000 people.