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.