The biggest crowd in the 116-year history of the Penn Relays packed into Franklin Field today and when the counting was done, 54,310 fans were on hand, nearly 3,500 more than the previous mark set in 2002.
The Relays also drew 117,346 fans over three days, also more than 3,000 better than ever before. The old mark was 114,194 set in 2006.
“It is amazing to hear those [figures],” said Penn Relays Director Dave Johnson. “We do all we can every year to have the best event. And with Bolt bringing in such a large crowd it was a really special event.”
Johnson called the pre-Bolt crowd “as loud as I have ever heard it here.”
Bolt showed his appreciation before he left Franklin Field, signing autographs for fans prior to climbing into his ride.