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NHL falls short of hockey attendance record in Michigan Stadium

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The NHL had hopes of setting an outdoor hockey record for attendance in the most recent edition of the annual Winter Classic. While the crowd that braved the cold to watch the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs skate in the elements in Michigan Stadium was an impressive crowd, it fell a little short of setting the outdoor hockey attendance record.

The Guinness World Record representatives counted up the total number of fans that entered the gates for the game through the first period of the January 1 game. Media and officials were also included in the total number of attendees, but any fans entering Michigan Stadium in the second period of the game may not have been counted.

The NHL claimed to sell 105,491 tickets to the hockey game, which would have been enough to set the new outdoor record. It did, however, set a new NHL record without a doubt.

Instead, the record will remain owned by the University of Michigan and Michigan State from their 2010 game in the Big House. A record 104,173 fans were counted by Guinness at the game.

Michigan set a Michigan Stadium record for football attendance last September when 115,109 fans showed up for a primetime game against Notre Dame.

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7 Responses to “NHL falls short of hockey attendance record in Michigan Stadium”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Jan 25, 2014 6:15 PM

    Ok… I hear ya that Michigan set a football attendance record, however football and hockey are two completely different venues. Hockey is hard enough to watch in an indoor arena I can’t imagine as many fans gathering to watch in an outdoor stadium fighting the elements…

    Why is this article not on the NHL blog site?

  2. thefiesty1 says: Jan 25, 2014 6:56 PM

    Why is this on CFT?

  3. normtide says: Jan 25, 2014 7:43 PM

    Hockey? People still play that?

  4. normtidesatwit says: Jan 25, 2014 11:44 PM

    @normtide Yup, they sure do play it, faggot. Best athletes of any sport out there. Handeye of baseball, strength of football, endurance of soccer, team play of basketball. Oh, and they do it on ice which is ridiculous enough on its own. Football? Pfft, you can be an obese fatass and play. You can be good at tag and play. You could not possess the ability to catch the ball and still play.

  5. normtide says: Jan 26, 2014 2:02 AM

    Whooop, I got a groupie. However, he is into figure skating, so it’s that kind. The only thing amazing is the fact that you can get French guys to actually fight.

  6. Professor Fate says: Jan 26, 2014 3:37 AM

    I’m glad I like hockey and football (American as well as soccer) and baseball and basketball. That’s a much better deal than sounding like a pubescent teen claiming his sport is better than yours. They’re all tough to excel at in their own ways. Some people just like to argue.

    The article is on here because the venue was a college football stadium. Duh. In addition there’s the shared connection of both football and hockey die-hards who brave inclement weather to watch a game.

    I think the point of the article was to illustrate that college football still has the attendance record, though apparently not by much. Some seem to have missed that while they were busy arguing about who’s dick is bigger.

  7. normtide says: Jan 26, 2014 12:21 PM

    Gee wiz, thanks professor fate. We were all wondering what the next spider man arch villain was thinking. On Jan 26, 2014 2:37 AM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > Professor Fate commented: “I’m glad I like hockey and football > (American as well as soccer) and baseball and basketball. That’s a much > better deal than sounding like a pubescent teen claiming his sport is > better than yours. They’re all tough to excel at in their own ways. Some > peop”

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