The Big Ten shattered the conference record for overall attendance with 5,526,237 fans attending 77 home games during the 2009 campaign. The previous record was set in 2002 when 5,499,439 patrons went through the turnstiles for 78 contests. The Big Ten surpassed the five-million mark in overall attendance for the fifth straight season and just the seventh time in conference history. Big Ten programs averaged 71,769 fans in 77 home games, which ranks as the second-best average attendance in conference annals behind only the 2005 campaign, when the Big Ten averaged 72,566 patrons per outing. In addition, the Big Ten recorded 40 sellouts this season, the second-highest total in conference annals behind only the 42 packed houses in each of the previous two seasons (2007 and 2008). In conference games only, the Big Ten broke the three-million barrier with 3,127,311 attending 44 contests on the year, an average of 71,075 attendees per game. Both the total and average attendance numbers in conference games only rank fifth in Big Ten history, marking only the fifth time in history the Big Ten has surpassed 3.1 million fans and more than 71,000 per contest.