Pack football was built Saturday night. And the people came - in record numbers - as a 28-year old attendance record was broken during the Pack's 24-13 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State Saturday.
The final attendance total of 9,219, packing the 6,500-seat Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl like packed sardines, was the largest crowd ever assembled in the history of the program. On Nov. 7, 1980, when the then-Southern Colorado Indians took on Adams State, 9,147 packed into Dutch Clark Stadium, then the home stadium of the football team.
The game also marks the first time in school history that a sellout has been recorded at a football game. Dutch Clark's capacity was 13,000.
Saturday's game was the third largest crowd ever for a college football game in school history, as the Pack played in front of 10,000-plus crowds, both in road games, back in 1971 (10,050) against Pittsburg State (KS) and in 1983, at the University of Idaho (12,500).
Saturday night’s game was the first football game played at CSU-Pueblo in 24 years. The program was cut in 1984, and was restarted again 2008, thanks to a $13 million-plus fundraising drive.