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Record-breaking crowd takes in Big House hockey

The Big Chill at the Big House

As it turns out, the record crowd of 113,090 fans in attendance for Michigan’s 2010 opener against UConn lasted a little over three months.

And, of course, that record was broken by… a hockey game?

Yes, that’s right.  In Saturday’s Big Chill in the Big House featuring the Wolverines and in-state rival Michigan State in pairs of skates instead of cleats, a record 113,411 fans squeezed into Michigan Stadium and watched the home team blank the Spartans 5-0.

Not only did the attendance total break the stadium record, it was also the largest crowd for any event in any sport in NCAA history.  Additionally, the game shattered the world record for a hockey game, blowing by the 77,803 in attendance at this year’s world championship in Germany.

The Big Chill was the first-ever hockey game at Michigan Stadium, but it wasn’t the first outdoor game at a Michigan university’s football field; nine years ago, the two schools squared off on the ice at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.

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2 Responses to “Record-breaking crowd takes in Big House hockey”
  1. WingT says: Dec 12, 2010 9:23 AM

    Congratulations Michigan, you finally won something this year. 113,411 in attendance for a hockey game is quite an accomplishment. Of course you will need to thank the 113, 410 Michigan St fans for their help in setting the record.

  2. polegojim says: Dec 12, 2010 1:17 PM

    “Not only did the attendance total break the stadium record, it was also the largest crowd for any event in any sport in NCAA history.”

    @ WingT – your comment is expected, seeing you evidently don’t understand true fan base support and loyalty. That’s ok, not many do, nor do their programs instill it on a perenial basis.

    We have a stadium worthy of a true NCAA sports program that can support all those Michigan fans on both sides of the ball, and not some Jr. College stadium propped up by poor-boy Alum who can’t afford much more, or who KNOW it wouldn’t be filled if they built it.

    Keep supporting that ‘Little Sister of the Poor’ program.

    Michigan football attendance has always been among the highest….if not THE highest in NCAA history on a consistent basis…

    Why is that? Oh yes, I remember…. because Michigan is the Winningest Football Program in NCAA history… by a long shot!

    I guess you forgot that.

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