Saturday was just another beautiful day at Dudy Noble Field - the sun was shining, grills were fired up from foul pole to foul pole, and maroon and white was everywhere as far as the eye could see. As the game's latter innings began to role around, all in attendance found out that the game we attended -- a subsequent 6-0 win over Auburn -- was the second largest attendance in Dudy Noble Field history at 14,562. The attendance fell just 400 or so short of the on-campus NCAA attendance record of 14,991, set by State in a Saturday doubleheader against Florida in 1989.
Sure, it would have been great for State to break the record Saturday, but even without doing so, State made its mark in another way on the attendance record books. With Saturday's attendance coming in as the second largest all time on campus, Mississippi State now holds all ten of the top ten attendances on campus, all time. The win bumped out a LSU home game against Alabama, which was the last remaining game in the top ten that didn't take place at Dudy Noble Field. Here's a quick look at how it looks now at that the top, with dates, opponents, and attendance:
|April 22, 1989||Florida||14,991|
|April 20, 2013||Auburn||14,562|
|April 16, 1988||LSU||14,556|
|April 25, 1992||Arkansas||13,761|
|June 9, 2007||Clemson||13,715|
|April 8, 2006||Georgia||13,617|
|April 15, 2000||Ole Miss||13,123|
|April 24, 2003||Auburn||12,708|
|June 8, 2007||Clemson||12,620|
|April 6, 2002||Georgia||12,360|
What else is cool is that should MSU continue to play well this season and earn a hosting spot, then there's a good chance that they could either break the overall record, or add to that stranglehold of the top spots in the on-campus attendance ranks.