Kansas University made international headlines this week for setting the world record for the largest gathering of people wearing Christmas sweaters.
A Guinness spokesperson released an official statement saying,
“The largest gathering of people wearing holiday sweaters is 3,473 and was achieved by Kansas Athletics (USA) at the Men’s Basketball game vs. Montana in Lawrence, Kansas, USA on 19 December 2015.”
So it’s official!
Fans at the December 23, 2015 game had to meet specific criteria with their Christmas sweaters.
Participants had to wear long sleeve shirts decorated with at least one holiday item. All fans who met the criteria received “participation” tickets when they entered the fieldhouse.
The official count took place partway through the first half, during a five-minute break. Everyone in the stands was required to remain seated with their holiday sweaters on before passing their tickets down the aisles to be officially counted.
Ultimately, KU Athletics beat the previous world record, which was set at Loughborough University in the UK, where 1,175 people wore holiday sweaters on December 10, 2014. KU more than doubled that record.
Allen Fieldhouse, by the way, has a total capacity of 16,300 – so it wasn’t like every single person in the crowd was wearing a Christmas sweater.
Still, that’s a remarkable feat nonetheless – until some rival school decides to beat it next Christmas.
Someone Stole Two Christmas Sweaters After the World Record Attempt
After the world record was set at KU’s Allen Fieldhouse, two KU ugly sweaters were stolen just after 3pm.
Christmas sweaters obviously aren’t cheap: the two Christmas sweaters combined had an estimated value of $154.
The sweaters were reportedly stolen off a table at a kiosk that had been selling them. The theft took place just as the KU men’s basketball game against the University of Montana was ending.
Photos courtesy of LJWorld.com.