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Guinness says Big Chill attendance closer to 85,000

According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the more realistic attendance number for last Saturday’s game between Michigan and Michigan State is about 25,000 less than the announced total of 113,411.

The Guinness Book of World Records has listed the announced crowd as 85,451 for the game, still a world attendance record for a hockey game.

“We will continue to work with Guinness to identify the exact number of people that went through the scanners and those who had their tickets torn,” Matt Trevor, assistant media relations director for U-M hockey, told the paper. “We knew we would end up with two different numbers because of different standards used.”

Trevor said Guinness doesn’t count those who were working the game, including media, staff and concession workers. Michigan included those people in its attendance figure.


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  • DoTheMath

    So there were about 28,000 people working the game, UofM?

  • Theluckynumberm

    Don’t know what the people at Guinness are smoking. The only section that didn’t have every seat filled was the top rows of the student section, because all the students cram together in the bottom rows. Even if it wasn’t at 113k, it was easily over 100k.

  • JonSobel

    Hold the phone guys. That number isn’t the final number they will certify. That number was the number they were at when they said that it clearly broke the record so that they could present the plaque at the game. Counting wasn’t yet finished.

  • Scott

    Are you serious? When are those people ever counted in the final attendance figures? Thank you Guinness for exposing this fraud. Listen two first-name guy, the standard for counting sporting event attendance is and always will be gate receipts, which doesn’t include stadium personnel, media, tailgaters who don’t enter the stadium, or anyone else you decided to make up. Did you count the players and coaches as well? What a complete farce.

    This event wasn’t nearly as popular as we wanted it to be, so we’ll make something up!

    • Foulkeblows

      85,000 is still pretty popular.

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