Long-standing sports rivalries – like the one between the University of St. Thomas and St. John's University – can be a powerful thing.
And in the case of Saturday's football game between the two schools, it was powerful enough to set an all-time Division III attendance record at Clemens Stadium in Collegeville, Minnesota, FOX 9 says.
A whopping 17, 327 college ball fans packed into the arena, where the Tommies beat the Johnnies 35-14.
Quite a number when you consider that Clemens can only "officially" seat around 7,400 people, according to ESPN, which predicted about 15,000 might show up.
FOX 9 says the network's "SportsCenter on the Road" show – which was at Saturday's game – may have been responsible for drawing an unusually high number of fans to the stadium.
ESPN described the St. John's-St. Thomas rivalry as "Division III football's Alabama-Auburn streamed through a private-school, Minnesota Nice filter."
Clemens is the home field of the Johnnies.