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Monday, June 03, 2013

MOVE ALONG

Question Of The Week 6-3-13



What is the largest crowd you have 

ever been in?

In the late 70's and early 80's Tulsa, Oklahoma had their own NASL (North American Soccer League) team The Tulsa Roughnecks and on April 20, 1980 I was in the crowd of over 30,000 when they had a 2-1 victory over the New York Cosmos. I do not enjoy large crowds in the least and that one was  big enough to last me a lifetime.

26 comments:

  1. My sister and I went to the Million Mom March in Washington, DC in 2000 (part of the Brady campaign to prevent gun violence.) I'd say that was the biggest crowd all at once.

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  2. Lynn -- Were there a million people there? I would be having panic attack after panic attack in a crowd that large.

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  3. I think they projected 750,000 at that event and then the other 250,000 at smaller events around the country. It didn't seem like that many people, but then when we saw aerial shots on the news later that day, it did.

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  4. Before baby C was born we actually brought in the New Year at Times Square, the feeling was electrifying to say the least.

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  5. Hmm, I don't know to be totally honest. I suppose some of big arena concerts I've been to like Michael Jackson and Madonna. I'm not sure how many people Wembley Stadium can hold.

    I hate big crowds too.

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  6. That was a big crowd. Years ago I was in Italy and they were playing soccer with another team - I sure felt the crowd was that big and it was scary - we had to fight to get back on the bus! sandie

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  7. Hmm...probably watching the march in London protesting the impending Iraq war the month before. The funny thing was, after the march was over, everyone near us went shopping in the nearby stores. They left their protest signs with the umbrellas in buckets up front while they browsed!

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  8. I've been to many sporting events where the stadium was filled to capacity. I couldn't tell you the size of the crowd.

    One crowd I do remember was the Air Show at MacDill Air Force Base. It was packed this one year, more crowded than I had seen it before.

    The next day when I looked at the front page of the local paper, there was a shot of the vast turnout. My eye settled on a spot of bright yellow in the middle of it all. It was my Izod sweater that caught my eye and sure enough, my baby and husband were beside me.

    It was a thrilling crowd filled with people paying their respect to those who stand on guard for our country.

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  9. I also dislike big crowds. I suppose the biggest one I've been in was at the football stadium in Auburn AL. That place holds 80 thousand or so. Too many people all at once.

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  10. The largest crowd I've been in would be the World Fireworks Competition in Vancouver, BC. They said there were around 100,000 people there. It was a fantastic experience to see those fireworks!

    This is a fun question and I loved reading yours and all the answers.

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  11. I really can't remember,although I know I have been in some very large crowds. It may have been when we were in Washington, DC for the 4th of July (Independence Day) fireworks one year.

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  12. Every time I do the Great Aloha Run it feels like the largest crowd ever. ☺

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  13. Could have been at Fenway baseball, the Boston Garden Paul McCartney concert, or at MB's huge Umass Amherst Graduation ceremony (I was by myself), But the most memorable is n smaller crowd- a club that holds 10,000 in Hampton Beach NH where I was a roadie for the opening band before Jeff Healy (the blind slide guitarist now deceased) one hot summer night. Largest bar I ever was in-

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  14. I could say any Nebraska Football game, 90,000. Or the Three Dog Night concert in the Red Rocks outdoor theatre in the Rockies the band was at the height of their popularity and when Marilyn and I were in college but the biggest crowd was when we were first dating, her mother came to college for a visit and went on a date with us.

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  15. Brown English Muffin -- Have always loved watching the crowd and watching the ball drop and giving thanks that I didn't have to be there. lol

    LL Cool Joe -- Those had to be some gigantic crowds!

    Chatty Crone -- I have heard some of those soccer game crowds can be dangerous. Thankfully ours wasn't that big a deal.

    Riot Kitty -- That is a hoot. I never dreamed fervent protesters would just put their signs down and go shopping.

    cube -- Unbelievable that you were able to pick yourselves out of the huge crowd. How fun.

    Kerry -- 80,000 is a BIG crowd!

    kenju -- Tulsa has a pretty big annual fireworks display and that crowd is too big for me so I can't imagine what one in Washington DC would be like.

    Kay -- I know the watching crowd is big so is the running crowd as big?

    Snaggle Tooth -- Being INSIDE with a crowd of 10,000 would definitely send me into fits of apoplexy.

    Cliff -- That is hysterical. Yes a girl's mother on a date can definitely outdo a crowd of 90,000.

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  16. Lynn -- Yep 750 plus 250 covers the million:)

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  17. Hmmm...55,000 people at concert back in 1978...yup...you just took me on some serious time travel, Annie! :)

    (was a fabulous day spent with my soon-to-be husband and my now-deceased youngest brother)

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  18. Forgot to add - serious serious cuteness of Mama and babies on your header!

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  19. I was in Hong Kong for the 10th Anniversary of the Chinese takeover. There was a huge fireworks display and they said there was over a million people there to watch it.

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  20. Talon -- Usually when we think of crowds we think of our companions. My best friend dragged me to that soccer game and others and now all I have left of her is the memory of all our good times. What would life be without those memories? My mama hen and her chicks are the kind of crowd I enjoy these days:)

    tulsamom -- Did you feel like you were in a crowd of a million people? I cannot imagine being among that many bodies. We don't live in Tulsa now but still own a home there and I was there for over 40 years. Loved it and love it still. Don't you?

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  21. When I was about eight years old we went to a carnival. I don't know how big it was, but a cousin of mine and myself got lost and luckily a long lost relative brought us to her home and then sent a servant with a note for my parents to pick us up( we did not have a telephone in our house then).

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  22. When you are in Hong Kong you always feel like there are a million people. The only difference this time was they were standing still watching the fireworks. Yes, I still love Tulsa, I will travel but always come home to Tulsa.

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  23. the OSU stadium holds 88,000 so at least that many, I think St. Patrick's Day in New York City may be the most spread out claustrophobic crowd I've been in though.

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  24. Munir -- That is a scary memory. Did you parents know you were lost before you were found?

    tulsamom-- What caused you to fall in love with China? Since you don't post on you blog I'm going to go back and see it all.

    Seriously Though -- You must be insane to go near the St. Pat's parade in NYC! What a crowd that must be. Yes my family has been in many an OSU crowd as well as an OU crowd. Somehow we all manage to survive despite our divided Oklahoma school loyalties and our political loyalties. Now that's a strong family:)

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  25. I don't like crowds at all. They make me feel claustrophobic.

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