NFL record for highest attendance in a single season with 49,632 players and staff
The NFL announced Tuesday that it had set a record for the highest attendance for a single year with 49.6 million fans attending its home opener in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears 21-10 to capture the championship Sunday.
“This is the first time in history we’ve had more than one Super Bowl,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said.
“We’ve had some great seasons, but the one that stands out is the one where we had 49.1 million fans.”
The league said it would also record a record 4.5 million extra fans for the Super Bowl XLVIII, which takes place Jan. 6.
“The Super Bowl is an incredible celebration, and it’s also a celebration for our fans,” Goodell said in a statement.
“These numbers speak for themselves, and we will continue to be the greatest sports league on Earth.”
The NFL also announced that it will award a Super Bowl trophy to the winner of Sunday’s game, a record that will not be broken in 2020.
The NFL’s top award in history is the $20 million Roger Goodell Leadership Award for the 20th consecutive season.
Goodell, who is currently serving as a member of the board of governors of the NFL, also was the league’s first chairman.
The award recognizes “one of the most influential, visionary and successful leaders in the world,” according to the NFL.
The league’s executive vice president of business operations, Robert Kraft, was also among the winners of the award, which will be presented at the Super 16 in Las Vegas, Jan. 8.