MANILA, Philippines - Just when everyone thought a UAAP Finals series between Far Eastern University and National University couldn’t draw a big crowd, the two schools deliver to break attendance records once more.
After breaking the previous attendance record for a basketball game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Game 2, the series-deciding Game 3 of the UAAP Season 77 Finals set the bar high with its 25,138 gate attendance on Wednesday, October 15.
(Editor's Note: Rappler previously reported a gate attendance of 25,118, which was announced before halftime of Game 3. The total crowd attendance has since been updated to a final count of 25,138 at the end of the game.)
The two teams previously attracted 24,896 fans in Game 2 of the series where the Bulldogs bounced back from a Game 1 loss.
They surpassed the PBA record of 24,883 set in February during the semifinals Game 7 of the Philippine Cup between Barangay Ginebra and San Mig Coffee.
The raucous crowd from both schools was made up of students and alumni, including a notable National University alumnus in former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos. - Rappler.com