Who can forget the two ice hockey games that set attendance records at the Big House.
The Big Chill at The Big House drew an NCAA record hockey crowd of 104,173 as Michigan defeated Michigan State, Dec. 10, 2010.
On New Year’s Day of this year, an announced crowd 105,491 saw Toronto defeat Detroit in the NHL Winter Classic. The NHL had hoped to claim the record for the highest attendance at a hockey game worldwide.
Winter Classic sets NHL record
But Guinness failed to verify the record because they count fannies in the seats rather than tickets sold. The Winter Classic didn’t get the world record, but settled for the NHL mark instead.
Now it’s soccer’s turn. On Aug. 2, two iconic European rivals, Manchester United and Real Madrid, will meet in the prestigious Guinness International Champions Cup at Michigan Stadium.
Eight teams divided into two groups will play a round-robin schedule in 12 American cities. The championship game will be played Aug. 4 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.
Soccer looks for attendance mark, too
With soccer now a legitimate major sport in America, it’s no surprise the public allotment of tickets were sold out in less than an hour. It’s just a matter of how many fans will be allowed through the gates for a record to be under consideration.
Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon would love to see the game break the record for a soccer game in America, which stands at 101,799.
Charlie Stillitano, CEO of Relevant Sports who is promoting the tournament, was thrilled with the advance sale. “This sell-out affirms the growing desire for more international football in the States and firmly establishes the Guinness International Champions Cup as the must-see event in the U.S. this summer. We look forward to providing soccer fans across America the chance to watch the biggest teams in the world play in their backyards.” ♦
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Joel Greer