a terrible blight on our fine country
Guinness world records
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.