Spring Game attendance numbers are always, at best, ballpark figures. Two Saturdays ago I walked straight into Papa John's Cardinal Stadium while holding an outside beverage and didn't think twice about it. Pretty confident I didn't get counted in the "official" attendance tally.
U of L settled on the number 33,000 for its spring game attendance, and while plenty of outsiders will disagree, I actually thought the number was probably higher.
While the highest number of butts in seats at one time looked like it was about 33,000, there wasn't one second of that game where the dollar (and $4) beer lines weren't at least 25 minutes long. The concourse, the party deck and the front of the stadium where the games for kids were located were all as packed as they'd be during a regular season game. While that obviously isn't an ideal scenario for any home game, the fact remains that those folks were all still technically "in attendance."
Regardless of what the exact number was, there's no question that more people came out to see Louisville's spring game this year than they ever had before. Cardinal fans also represented in numbers that rank among the nation's elite...and Kentucky.
Her are the announced attendance figures for every spring game played through April 20: