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Cardinal Fans Set Football Attendance Record Despite Hurricane Isaac

I'll fully admit that to being very concerned about attendance in the face of yesterday's weather. It was a fear that was exacerbated when I saw next to no one parked or tailgating in the area around Cardinal Cafe, a place that's generally packed for big games by 10 a.m.

That proved to be an anomaly, as despite the fact that fans had to endure a steady downpour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Louisville fans packed Papa John's Cardinal Stadium to the tune of 55,386 butts in seats, the largest crowd in stadium history. It's what you'd expect for a rivalry game that also signals the start of the most anticipated U of L football season in five years, and kudos to Card Nation for coming through despite the remnants of Isaac wreaking havoc. It was very cool to see.

And I wasn't the only one who took notice.

A fantastic start to the season all the way around. Much more coming later.