After being held without fans last year, the Kentucky Derby welcomed more than 51,000 fans to Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday. It was the largest crowd to gather at a U.S. sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic began.
The official attendance at this year’s Derby was 51,838, according to organizers.
The number is a fraction of the 150,000 or more fans who typically fill the stands at the annual event; but, as local reporters pointed out, the Derby crowd was still larger than the 47,218 people who attended the University of Alabama’s spring football game in mid-April — which, at the time, had been dubbed the most crowded sporting event in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic.
Source: Huffington Post