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Report: ’14 Winter Classic won’t break Guinness attendance record

Jan 24, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

It appears the NHL’s goal of setting a Guinness record for attendance at a hockey game will fall short.

The league will not break the record set by 2010’s Big Chill at the Big House — when 104,173 were in attendance for Michigan versus Michigan State — according to sources of Yahoo’s Nick Cotsonika:


Immediately following the ’14 Winter Classic, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed the league smashed its old record of 71,217, set during the first Winter Classic in Buffalo in 2008.

That said, various reports leading up to this year’s Classic suggested the league “expected” to break the official world record. Guinness officials were on hand in Ann Arbor on Jan. 1 to monitor the proceedings.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 24, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Who cares? These records aren’t that big of a deal (like the Seahawks and Chefs fighting over loudest stadium) the fact is the nhl ended up with a great compelling game, sold more than 105,000 tickets and had more than 100,000 people show up to watch a game and all of that is pretty cool!

  2. savior72 - Jan 24, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Oh darn no record. That just ruined my Friday beer buzz

  3. cspsrbums - Jan 25, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Exactly who cares

  4. 13datsyuk13 - Jan 25, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Those of us who sat in a 14 degree snow storm care. You obviously watched it at home on your tv. I have also been to a Seahawk game and it is loud, it does make it a little more exciting and the fans take pride in that. Live sports are exciting and when there is a little bit more on the line you cheer a little louder, it becomes more exciting. Those of you who say “who cares” need to step away from pht on a Friday night and go check out a live sporting event. Go get in touch with some fans. It doesn’t have to be a pro team, heck go se a high school game and watch a natural reaction to a home team score.

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      There’s a difference between caring about attending a live game and caring about an arbitrary record being broken. You seem to be arguing about the former, which any fan will agree with.

    • shortsxit34 - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      So is the only reason you went to the game to break the Guinness record? You seem to care more about that than the fact you went to a game and had fun.
      Why be butt hurt about what other people did, it was their loss and you had a good time. Is saying, “because you don’t get to say you were part of some meaningless record.

      If it’s that important, you can still try to get in for something like: hardest kick to the groin, or the longest backward ride on a unicycle while playing a violin, or largest sculpture made from nothing but old AOL discs, or most leapfrogs with a bull.

  5. 13datsyuk13 - Jan 25, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    I would be willing to bet that the record meant something to everyone who was at that game. Every time the announcer mentioned the attendance the crowd got a little louder.

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