Raymond James Stadium has hosted games since 1998, mostly those played by the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But for the national championship game on Monday, the stadium was filled with the most fans it ever has held for a game.
An announced crowd of 74,512 was in Tampa, Fla., to take in a rematch between Alabama and Clemson in the finals of the College Football Playoff.
Announced attendance is 74,512. That's a record for Raymond James Stadium.
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) January 10, 2017
The stadium was well over its capacity, which is listed at 65,890.
Those fans who made a long trek certainly weren’t disappointed. Early in the fourth quarter, the Crimson Tide held a slim, 24-21 advantage against the Tigers. Alabama is looking for its second consecutive national title after beating Clemson a season ago.
Be sure to follow along with our live blog to see how the final quarter of the game unfolds.