ANN ARBOR — This year’s Winter Classic just may have broken an attendance record.
The announced attendance was 105,491, which would set a world record, breaking the old mark that was also set the Michigan Stadium of 104,173 for The Big Chill at The Big House in 2010.
“We know we sold 105,000-plus tickets,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We also suspected there were some no shows because we heard stories of people taking more than two and half hours to get here from downtown Detroit because of the road conditions and it was at least during the second period 13-degrees with the wind chill of a minus-1 so I don’t know if we set the official Guinness attendance record, but I know we set our own record because this was the most well attended game that we’ve ever had. Based on tickets sold we should have, but again, since people were still arriving in the second period it’s hard to know.”