It seemed that the NHL was on its way to setting a world record for the largest attendance at a hockey game during the 2014 Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium.
As it turns out, the good folks at Guiness are not going to give them the record according to a report from Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports.
And the weather may have been a reason why.
Source: NHL will not get Guinness world record for hockey attendance at Winter Classic. (1)— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) January 25, 2014
NHL sold 105,491 tix, enough to break record. But fans were still entering in second because of weather. Not all tix were scanned. (2)— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) January 25, 2014
Guinness would certify only fans whose tickets were scanned, plus some media and league officials. (3)— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) January 25, 2014
Michigan keeps record of 104,173, set at Big Chill in 2010. NHL still shatters its own record. (4)— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) January 25, 2014
Thanks, Mother Nature.
The Detroit and Ann Arbor areas were under a major snow storm on New Years Day, preventing many fans from getting to the game in a timely manner.
If nothing else, even though the NHL didn't get the world record for all of hockey, it still shattered its own record for a game which had previously been set during the inaugural Winter Classic in 2008 when the Buffalo Sabres hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. More than 71,000 people attended that game.
The NHL continues its outdoor games this weekend when the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings kick off the Stadium Series with a game at Dodger Stadium. Then next week the fun shifts to Yankee Stadium where the Rangers will play a pair of games against the Islanders and Devils. In March, the Blackhawks will host the Penguins at Soldier Field.