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Largest Calihan crowds

Postby Commissioner » Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:26 pm

It was 35 years ago that the Memorial Building was renamed Calihan Hall. Below are the largest crowds in the 35 years of Calihan Hall. (Note: not including any Memorial crowds pre-1977, when the building was renamed; or any crowds from games at Joe Louis or Cobo - and remember, we played all home games at Cobo for 5 years in the late 80s/early 90s, and have often played big games - Michigan, Michigan State in particular - at the Joe or at Cobo. These are just Calihan Hall crowds.) Maybe some of the games on this list will bring back some memories - feel free to share.

1. 11,065 Marquette 03/04/78
2. 10,316 Michigan State 12/21/77 (Magic Johnson)
3. 9550 Loyola 02/27/78
4. 9105 Adrian 12/03/77 (Home opener/Re-dedication ceremony)
5. 8865 Virginia Commonwealth 03/09/78 (NIT)
6. 8706 Xavier 02/04/78
7. 8590 Duquesne 01/28/78
8. 8537 Marquette 02/28/80
9. 8276 Northern Michigan 12/10/77
10. 8234 Xavier 02/07/80
11. 8150 St. Louis 12/08/77
12. 8144 CCNY 02/17/78
13. 8142 Cleveland State 02/18/99
14. 8133 Memphis State 02/28/85 (last win over a top 10 team)
15. 8132 DePaul 02/17/82
16. 8096 Dayton 01/14/78
17. 8042 Eastern Michigan 12/27/77 (Motor City final)
18. 7962 St. Peter’s 01/21/78
19. 7857 St. Francis (PA) 02/21/78
20. 7664 DePaul 03/04/84
21. 7577 Michigan State 12/17/94
22. 7532 Xavier 02/08/86
23. 7522 Michigan State 12/07/96
24. 7460 Michigan State 12/02/81
25. 7291 Loyola 02/23/94
26. 7286 Michigan 12/12/82
27. 7231 Cleveland State 02/18/01
28. 7227 Ball St. 12/18/77
29. 7195 Buffalo 01/05/78
30. 7127 Milwaukee 02/23/02
31. 7088 Colgate 02/17/79
32. 7086 Harvard 12/26/77 (Motor City Tournament)
33. 7033 Kansas 01/06/86 (Titans went to court to force Kansas to honor this contract)
34. 7022 Georgetown 02/03/79
35. 6955 Oakland 01/07/78
36. 6851 Illinois-Chicago 02/07/98
37. 6815 St. Bonavenure 02/14/79
38. 6685 Wayne St. 02/02/78
39. 6674 Butler 01/15/11
40. 6383 Loyola 01/15/86
41. 6302 Purdue 12/13/86
42. 6272 Long Beach State 11/25/95 (Season opener)
43. 6220 Cleveland State 01/19/02
44. 6212 Green Bay 02/14/97
45. 6184 Iowa State 01/04/86
46. 6152 Massachusetts 12/11/99
47. 6133 Rhode Island 12/29/78 (Motor City Tournament: Rhody's uniforms were stolen from the locker room before this game)
48. 6123 Iowa 12/09/79
48. 6123 Toledo 11/25/78 (Season opener)
50. 6038 Butler 02/15/03 (Last win over a nationally ranked team)
51. 5850 Illinois-Chicago 01/09/99
52. 5726 Xavier 02/19/94
53. 5701 CCNY 02/10/79
54. 5612 Michigan 11/30/97
55. 5377 St. John’s 12/05/11 (Dick Vitale Floor Dedication)
56. 5350 Western Michigan 11/20/99 (Season opener)
57. 5328 Eastern Michigan 12/28/79
58. 5321 Loyola 01/12/85
59. 5231 Xavier 01/07/84
60. 5228 New Hampshire 12/28/78
61. 5225 St. Louis 02/17/95
62. 5163 Cleveland State 01/24/98
63. 5160 Wichita State 12/23/81
64. 5147 Loyola 03/01/82
65. 5145 Butler 02/14/04
66. 5142 Butler 02/25/06
67. 5137 Oral Roberts 02/20/86
68. 5132 Duquesne 01/05/80
69. 5107 Xavier 01/27/79
70. 5103 Buffalo 11/30/93
71. 5019 LaSalle 01/29/94
72. 4952 Butler 01/22/94
73. 4924 Wayne State 12/14/1983
74. 4890 Cleveland State 01/22/00
75. 4871 DePaul 02/12/94
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Re: Largest Calihan crowds

Postby titanarama » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:38 pm

Brings back a boat load of memories. Thanks for a great job, Commish.
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Re: Largest Calihan crowds

Postby Titan.RW » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:09 pm

Don't remember seeing MSU @ Calihan in 94 or 96. Must have missed those games.
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Re: Largest Calihan crowds

Postby Commissioner » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:24 pm

Ah, that's because both those games were played at Cobo, RW - you didn't miss a thing. I just missed that in sorting through the games.
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Re: Largest Calihan crowds

Postby Commissioner » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:28 pm

I thought I'd pulled out all the Cobo games, but looks like maybe I missed a bunch - #75, that DePaul game in '94, was also played at Cobo, as was the 1997 home game with Michigan, that I notice just scanning the list. But I think that's all.
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Re: Largest Calihan crowds

Postby R.B.J1 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:05 pm

Great list Commish, I am proud to say that I attended at least 23 of the games on that list.
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Re: Largest Calihan crowds

Postby Rogobob77 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:07 pm

I think I have been to all 75. The crowd for the '78 Marquette game was roughly 2000 over capacity, it was pretty tight in the bleachers as I recall.
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Re: Largest Calihan crowds

Postby JimmyChitwood » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:14 am

Rogobob77 wrote:I think I have been to all 75. The crowd for the '78 game was roughly 2000 over capacity, it was pretty tight in the bleachers as I recall.

And people sitting in the aisles in the upper bowl. Not too safe.
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Re: Largest Calihan crowds

Postby titanmac » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:30 am

fun tho!
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Re: Largest Calihan crowds

Postby titanreggie » Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:20 pm

Yeah that was fun. I was squeezed in where the TPB now plays. Loudest I ever heard the Hall. Great game even though we lost.
Though I might have missed a couple, I'm 99% sure I've haven't missed more than 5.

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Re: Largest Calihan crowds

Postby MooseGuy1 » Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:16 pm

Very interesting list, Commissioner. It really gives a new fan like me an appreciation of the arc of the program through the years. Thank you.

I looked at last years attendence and was surprised to see that the Butler game only drew 4149. I was there and I remember thinking that we should have had a bigger crowd, but I still thought it was better than 4K and change. It was a great time, at any rate. In hindsight, that was the game that turned the season around. I think we'll see some games in '12-'13 added to your list. The key is a strong start, which I believe will happen.
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