I did not make this headline up
Nick Cotsonika, who covers the NHL for Yahoo Sports, reports on Twitter that the NHL will not get the Guinness world record for hockey attendance for the Winter Classic held at Michigan Stadium.
NHL sold 105,491 tix, enough to break record. But fans were still entering in second because of weather. Not all tix were scanned.
Guinness would certify only fans whose tickets were scanned, plus some media and league officials.
Michigan keeps record of 104,173, set at Big Chill in 2010. NHL still shatters its own record.
He didn't report the figure that Guinness certified.
EDIT: Cotsonika has a story out now.
The NHL still obliterated its own attendance record of 71,217, set at the first Winter Classic in 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, by about 30,000.
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But make no mistake: This is a blow. NBC trumpeted the Winter Classic as the biggest hockey game ever. Some merchandise referenced the world record. NHL officials tried to think of everything they could to count everyone– even using hand-warmers to keep the scanners’ batteries from freezing.
After warm-ups New Year’s Day, the public-address announcer told the fans that they were already part of an NHL-record crowd – and that they had the “potential” to be part of a world-record crowd. As it turns out, the Guinness record will remain with the University of Michigan.
With just a few weeks until the 2014 Winter Classic at the Big House, StubHub still has almost 14,000 tickets for sale. The cheapest seat is $133. The Big Chill at the Big House had an official attendance of 104,173 . If Guinness holds this game to the same standard of actual tickets scanned, the NHL is going to have a difficult time surpassing that number. I tend to watch StubHub often and I've never seen this degree of lack of demand for an event in Michigan Stadium before. I believe this years Ohio game had roughly 2,000 tickets remaining with a few weeks to go. As a fan of the University of Michigan, I really hope they don't beat our record. Thank you for your money. Go Blue!
Sorry if this has already been posted, but I couldn't find it anywhere on the site. The 2014 Winter Classic logo:
EDIT: First link broke. Trying again.
According to Ken Holland of the Red Wings, the NHL is going to have the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium On 1/1/14.
Other events at Comerica in December 2013
From Tweets by @FSDwakiji, Dana Wakiji from Fox Sports Detroit.
Sounds like they're going to do everything they had planned this past year. And who said the lockout was a waste of time and accomplished nothing? /raises hand
I just read an interesting article about the cancellation clause in Michigan's contract with the NHL re the Winter Classic. Apparently, the NHL can get out of the contract up to the last minute for only $100K (plus UM's actual expenses). This gives the NHL flexibility to go forward with the event even if a collective bargaining agreement with the players is not reached until December.
At first I thought UM might have gotten screwed by only getting $100,000 even if they spend the bucks necessary to prepare, but it will also be reimbursed for it's expenses (if the contract is cancelled after November 3).
I don't follow hockey much and was not even aware that the season might be interrupted by a strike. I am still trying to get my head around having a hockey game in Michigan Stadium on New Years' Day when (traditionalist as I am), I think the entire focus should be on Michigan playing football somewhere.
UPDATE: Apparently there will be NO public sale of tickets for this game.
No tickets to the public expected...corporate sponsors get first dibs then going to season ticket holders of the Red Wings, GR Griffins, Plymouth Whalers (plus Leafs, Marlies, and Sting) second as a way to boost their season ticket sales. Each of those can purchase up to 4 tickets.
Plus, you'll have to buy a GLI ticket for every Classic ticket.
Alumni game information not published yet.
"According to an email Josh Howard received from the Grand Rapids Griffins, there will be no public sale of Winter Classic tickets:
As we enter our beautiful summer months, we are looking forward to our 17th Season this year. We have some exciting events coming up this year including the Winter Classic Game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. There will be no public sale for this event and the Griffins are one of the only places you can purchase tickets to this historic event. Tickets will be made available to many of our ticket plan holders"
$89 for the cheapest ticket. Wow, there goes my hopes of getting a cheap seat.
Still no announcemnent on when they will actually go on sale. Details from MLive are below.
A graphic posted on DetroitRedWings.com indicates that ticket prices for the 2013 NHL Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor will be priced between $89 and $279.
EDIT: Prices for GLI/Comerica Events are much cheaper.