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Crossover at Kinnick: Iowa basketball aims for attendance record

(Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen/USA TODAY NETWORK)

More than 52,000 people are set to descend upon Kinnick Stadium to watch Iowa basketball face DePaul at 3 p.m. ET Sunday.

The marquee outdoor event is set to break the attendance record for women’s basketball. Dubbed the Crossover at Kinnick, fans are excited – and so is Iowa senior guard and reigning National Player of the Year Caitlin Clark.

“A super historic event that probably will only happen once,” she said of the event. “I’m super excited. It can’t come fast enough.”

Similar to the outdoor match held by Nebraska volleyball in August, the Crossover at Kinnick stands as a testament to the power of women’s sports, and the rising profile of not only Clark but the game as a whole.

“Just watching Nebraska volleyball and what they were able to do. Ours will be on a smaller level but still, we are going to be able to break the women’s college basketball record for most people at a game,” Clark said.

The idea for the event came after the NCAA Tournament, when the Hawkeyes were welcomed home after returning from their national championship appearance. Head coach Lisa Bluder said that the team’s celebration drew 9,000 people, despite there not being a “game or anything.”

“Why not give my women an experience that not many around the country get to do,” Bluder said.

Those looking to watch the game from home can do so at 3 p.m. ET Sunday. The game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.