A world record crowd of 113,411 people watched Michigan beat Michigan State 5-0 in the first ever hockey game at Michigan Stadium. The event was dubbed “The Big Chill at the Big House.”
A representative from Guinness World Records was on hand to verify the record. The previous mark for a hockey game was 77,803 at this year’s world championship in Germany.
The crowd was also the largest crowd to see any event at Michigan Stadium, surpassing the 113,090 for a football game earlier this year.
Jon Merrill scored two goals in the first period and Carl Hagelin scored in the second and third periods to lead UM. Goalie Shawn Hunwick made 34 saves.
Merrill called his two goals a “dream come true.” Hagelin said the game was “an amazing experience.”
This was the second outdoor game between the two schools. In 2001, 74,554 people watched the Cold War game at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.
“Our fans are gonna have a memorable experience today..not just for the great hockey game they’re gonna witness, but we have everything from fireworks to special events involving music and scenes from “The Big Chill” and some special videos and a very special flyover to start the game,” Brandon said in a live interview on WWJ Saturday morning. “It’s going to be really a wonderful day.”
Fans can skate on the Big House ice rink Sunday during an open skate at Michigan Stadium.
There will be eight 30-minute sessions beginning at 10:15 a.m. and ending at 3:35 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person, cash only, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at Gate A of Crisler Arena beginning at 8 a.m.