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Alabama-Clemson national title game sets Raymond James Stadium attendance record

Raymond James Stadium College Football Playoff national championship
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The Alabama-Clemson College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night at Raymond James Stadium set a new attendance record for the venue.

An announced crowd of 74,512 was in attendance at the game in Tampa, Florida to see Clemson beat Alabama in a thrilling 35-31 victory that wasn’t decided until the final second of regulation.

Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has been open since Sept. 20, 1998 and has a listed capacity of 65,890. For Monday’s game, special seating was added.

According to its official website, Raymond James Stadium can expand to 75,000.

South Florida and the Outback Bowl also have their games at the stadium.

Because both Alabama and Clemson had relatively short distances from their campuses to Tampa, ticket demand was up for the game in comparison to last season’s national title game between the two schools at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. For that game, 75,765 were in attendance.

Alabama won that game, 45-40.

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