It was never a doubt that Texas loves high school football. Despite already knowing that, the attendance total at the 5A Division I Texas State Championship is still eye opening.
A record-setting crowd of 54,347 people packed AT&T Stadium in Dallas to watch Allen High beat Pearland High, 63-28, on Saturday. That number tops the previous record set in 1977 of 49,953 (Port Neches-Groves vs. Plano).
To put just how impressive the attendance is into perspective, look no further than the early 2013 bowl games. A total of 42,178 showed up for the top-25 showdown between USC and Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. Both the Gildan New Mexico Bowl and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl drew less than half of the Texas state championship, with 27,104 and 21,951, respectively.
The state championship game drew more than the average bowl game (49,222) for the entire 2012-13 season.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including football.