How BIG? Waste Management Phoenix Open breaks attendance record

PHOENIX - Officials say Saturday's attendance of 189,722 set an all-time single-day record for the Waste Management Phoenix Open and in all of professional golf history.

According to the Phoenix Open's website, this is the third consecutive year the tournament has set an attendance record during the third round.

In other words, the TPC Scottsdale was the 8th most populated "city" in Arizona on Saturday, nearly 28,000 people larger than the City of Tempe.

How does that compare to other events?

The Indianapolis 500 had an attendance of approximately 300,000 race fans last year, according to the Speedway's website.

Michigan Stadium, home to the Wolverines, has seen crowds in excess of 115,000.

In Arizona, the top home crowd at Sun Devil Stadium was 74,963 in 1996 for an ASU football game against California.

Saturday night, the Phoenix Coyotes had their second-best attendance of the season with an overflow crowd of 17,362 at Arena, according to their website.

The Phoenix Suns average 14,802 at home, according to the NBA.

The last year NASCAR released attendance records was 2012 when they estimated an average 97,722 per event among the 36 races.

Phoenix Open officials say it'll take only 35,580 fans to attend Sunday's final round to surpass the previous tournament-week record of 538,356 set in 2008.

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