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.