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01-06-2012, 10:27 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. … A crowd of 45,653 fans – by far the largest gathering ever in the 76-year history of the American Hockey League – packed Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Friday evening to watch the Adirondack Phantoms take on the Hershey Bears in the third AHL outdoor game ever played.

Adirondack rallied for a thrilling 4-3 victory, tying the game with 20.8 seconds left in regulation and winning it 58 seconds into overtime.

The figure more than doubled the previous single-game attendance mark in the AHL. Last year’s outdoor event between Connecticut and Providence drew 21,673 fans at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., and the inaugural outdoor game between Syracuse and Binghamton in 2010 saw a crowd of 21,508 fans pack the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

The city of Philadelphia is now home to both the regular-season and playoff records for single-game AHL attendance. In 2005, a capacity crowd of 20,103 fans packed the Wachovia Center (now the Wells Fargo Center) to watch the Phantoms clinch the 2005 Calder Cup championship.

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