The 10 most-attended Super Bowls of all time

Thousands of football fans are expected in Minneapolis this weekend for Super Bowl LII, but not all of them will get to see the game in person. 

In order to host the Super Bowl, a stadium must be able to hold at least 70,000 people. U.S. Bank Stadium's capacity is officially listed at 66,665, but is expandable to up to 73,000 spectators. 

While 73,000 is no small number, Super Bowl LII won't even come close to cracking the list of the 10 most-attended NFL championships in history: 

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10. Super Bowl XVI

81,270 fans turned out to watch the San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21 on January 24, 1982. 

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

9. Super Bowl XLVIII

The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in front of a crowd of 82,529 at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014. 

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8. Super Bowl XIX

At Stanford Stadium, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins 38-16 in front of 84,059 people on January 20, 1985. 

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7. Super Bowl VII

In front of 90,182 fans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins 14-7 on January 14, 1973.

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6. Super Bowl XXVII

98,374 people watched as the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 52-17 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on January 31, 1993. 

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5. Super Bowl XXI

Also at the Rose Bowl, on January 25, 1987, the New York Giants defeated the Denver Broncos 39-20 in front of a crowd of 101,063. 

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4. Super Bowl XLV

At Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in front of 103,219 onlookers. 

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3. Super Bowl XI

Before 103,438 fans at the Rose Bowl, the Oakland Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings 32-14 on January 9, 1977.

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T-1. Super Bowl XVII

Again at the Rose Bowl, 103,667 fans watched as the Washington Redskins defeated the Miami Dolphins 27-17 on January 30, 1983. 

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T-1. Super Bowl XIV

The Rose Bowl hosted the two largest Super Bowls of all time, with 103,667 fans turning out on January 20, 1980, to see the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Los Angeles Rams 31-19. 

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The smallest Super Bowl audience came at Super Bowl I, which was played before 61,946 people at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

If the stadium is filled to capacity on Sunday, Super Bowl LII would have about 5,000 fewer onlookers than the last time the Eagles and Patriots faced off in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida.

Related: See how Minneapolis is preparing: 

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Jan 31, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; General overall view of NFL official Wilson football at U.S. Bank Stadium prior to Super Bowl LII between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 31, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; General overall view of U.S. Bank Stadium prior to Super Bowl LII between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 2: Workers move Patriot and NFL props before a rehearsal at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN during the lead-up to Super Bowl LII, where the New England Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles, on Feb. 2, 2018. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - JANUARY 30: A General View inside of US Bank Stadium prior to Super Bowl LII on January 30, 2018, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - JANUARY 30: A General View inside of US Bank Stadium prior to Super Bowl LII on January 30, 2018, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - JANUARY 30: A General View inside of US Bank Stadium prior to Super Bowl LII on January 30, 2018, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - JANUARY 30: George Toma NFL Groundskeeper tends Super Bowl for 52nd consecutive year is interviewed inside of US Bank Stadium on January 30, 2018, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
U.S. Bank Stadium, venue of this year's Super Bowl, as seen from a Department of Homeland Security Blackhawk helicopter that will be patrolling the skies during the game in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
A Viking ship sits in front of US Bank Stadium, home to this weekend's Super Bowl, in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
A journalist walks down the steps inside US Bank Stadium during a media preview for this weekend's Super Bowl in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Men looking at their phones stand beneath the transparent roof of US Bank Stadium during a media preview for this weekend's Super Bowl in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
A worker inside US Bank Stadium prepares seats for this weekend's Super Bowl in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - DECEMBER 27, 2017: DigitalGlobe satellite image downtown Minneapolis and U.S. Bank Stadium - home to Super Bowl LII. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 29: General view of the U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings and Super Bowl LII on December 29, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is home to a large Somali population and is near US Bank Stadium, the site of the NFL's Super Bowl in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 19, 2018. Picture taken January 19, 2018. REUTERS/Craig Lassig
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 29: General view of the U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings and Super Bowl LII on December 29, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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