The NCAA-record crowd of 10,668 that came to see the top-ranked University of Wisconsin women's hockey team topple Minnesota 3-1 last Saturday at the Kohl Center begs for some perspective.
Here you go:
It was more than any of the 10 NCAA women's Frozen Four championship games to date. In fact, it was more than the last three combined gates (1,473 in 2010, 2,437 in '09 and 4,031 in '08).
It was more than the combined attendance of all the other Division I women's hockey games staged around the country that night (6,425).
It was more than every NCAA Division I men's game around the nation that night with the exception of an off-campus CCHA meeting between Michigan and Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit (17,577).
It was more than the six combined gates at Atlantic Hockey men's games that night (7,221).
It was more than the crowd on hand to see host Stanford defeat the defending NCAA champion Connecticut women's basketball team and end its NCAA-record 90-game winning streak in December (7,329).