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This is a list of ice hockey games with the highest attendance on record. All of the games on this list were held in stadiums designed for field sports such as association football, gridiron football, and baseball. Four of the "games" listed were actually doubleheaders, in which a single ticket provided admission to two games held back-to-back. The fixed-roof Ford Field in Detroit hosted one doubleheader and a single game, and another was held at the retractable-roof Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany (with the roof closed for that game); all other games on the list were held in open-air venues. Most of these games were staged as special events, and all but one were played in the 21st century.

Attendance in the 30,000 range was once quite common for major international matches held outdoors in the 1940s and 50s in Moscow's Lenin Stadium. Figures of this type are still common in bandy, a relative of ice hockey played outdoors.

The record for a Stanley Cup playoff game is 28,183, set on April 23, 1996, at the Thunderdome during a Tampa Bay LightningPhiladelphia Flyers game.[1]

A new record was set on December 11, 2010, when the University of Michigan's men's ice hockey team faced cross-state rival Michigan State in an event billed as "The Big Chill at the Big House". The game was played at Michigan's football venue, Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, with a capacity of 109,901, as of the 2010 football season. Ultimately, a crowd announced by UM as 113,411, at that time the largest in the stadium's history (including football), saw the homestanding Wolverines win 5–0. Guinness World Records, using a count of ticketed fans who actually entered the stadium instead of UM's figure of tickets sold, announced a final figure of 104,173.[2][3]

Rank Attendance Location Date Event Home team Final score Visiting team
1 113,411 (announced)[3]
104,173 (certified)[2]
Flag of the United States Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor 02010-12-11 The Big Chill at the Big House Michigan Wolverines 5–0 Michigan State Spartans
2 105,491 (announced)[4]
< 104,173 (certified)[5]
Flag of the United States Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor 02014-01-01 2014 NHL Winter Classic Detroit Red Wings 2–3
Toronto Maple Leafs
3 77,803[6] Flag of Germany Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen 02010-05-07 2010 IIHF World Championship Flag of the United States United States of America 1–2 Flag of Germany Germany[7]
4 74,554[8] Flag of the United States Spartan Stadium, East Lansing 02001-10-06 Cold War Michigan State Spartans 3–3 Michigan Wolverines
5 71,217[9] Flag of the United States Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park 02008-01-01 2008 NHL Winter Classic Buffalo Sabres 1–2 Pittsburgh Penguins
6 70,205[10] Flag of the United States Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California 02015-02-21 2015 NHL Stadium Series San Jose Sharks 1-2 Los Angeles Kings
7 68,111[11] Flag of the United States Heinz Field, Pittsburgh 02011-01-01 2011 NHL Winter Classic Pittsburgh Penguins 1–3 Washington Capitals
8 62,921 Flag of the United States Soldier Field, Chicago 02014-03-01 2014 NHL Stadium Series Chicago Blackhawks 5–1 Pittsburgh Penguins
9 57,167[12] Flag of Canada Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton 02003-11-22 2003 Heritage Classic Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Montreal Canadiens
10 55,031[13] Flag of the United States Camp Randall Stadium, Madison 02010-02-06 Camp Randall Hockey Classic Wisconsin Badgers (women) 6–1 Bemidji State Beavers (women)
Wisconsin Badgers (men) 3–2 Michigan Wolverines (men)
11 55,000[8] Flag of the Soviet Union Lenin Stadium, Moscow 01957-03-05 1957 World Ice Hockey Championships Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 4–4 Flag of Sweden Sweden
12 54,194 Flag of Canada BC Place, Vancouver 02014-03-02 2014 NHL Heritage Classic Vancouver Canucks 2-4 Ottawa Senators
13 54,099 Flag of the United States Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles 02014-01-25 2014 NHL Stadium Series Los Angeles Kings 0-3 Anaheim Ducks
14 52,051 Flag of the United States Soldier Field, Chicago 02013-02-17 OfficeMax Hockey City Classic Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2–1 Miami RedHawks
Wisconsin Badgers 3–2 Minnesota Golden Gophers
15 51,125[14] Flag of Germany ESPRIT arena, Düsseldorf 02015-01-10 Deutsche Eishockey Liga Düsseldorfer EG 3–2 Kölner Haie
16 50,105 Flag of the United States Yankees Stadium, New York City 02014-01-26 2014 NHL Stadium Series New Jersey Devils 3-7 New York Rangers
17 50,027 Flag of the United States Yankees Stadium, New York City 02014-01-29 2014 NHL Stadium Series New York Islanders 1-2 New York Rangers
18 50,000[15] Flag of Germany Stadion Nürnberg, Nürnberg 02013-01-05 Deutsche Eishockey Liga Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers 4–3 Eisbären Berlin
19 46,967[16] Flag of the United States Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia 02012-01-02 2012 NHL Winter Classic Philadelphia Flyers 2–3 New York Rangers
20 45,808[17] Flag of the United States Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia 02011-12-31 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game Philadelphia Flyers Alumni 3-1 New York Rangers Alumni
21 45,653[18] Flag of the United States Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia 02012-01-06 2012 AHL Outdoor Classic Adirondack Phantoms 4–3 Hershey Bears
22 45,021[19] Flag of the United States TCF Stadium, Minneapolis 02014-01-17 2014 Hockey City Classic Minnesota Gophers 1–0 Ohio State Buckeyes
23 42,832[20] Flag of the United States Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. 02015-01-01 2015 NHL Winter Classic Washington Capitals 3-2 Chicago Blackhawks
24 41,022[21] Flag of Canada McMahon Stadium, Calgary 02011-02-20 2011 Heritage Classic Calgary Flames 4-0 Montreal Canadiens
25 40,890[22] Flag of the United States Lambeau Field, Green Bay 02006-02-13 Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic Wisconsin Badgers 4–2 Ohio State Buckeyes
26 40,818[23] Flag of the United States Wrigley Field, Chicago 02009-01-01 2009 NHL Winter Classic Chicago Blackhawks 4–6 Detroit Red Wings
26 38,472[24] Flag of the United States Fenway Park, Boston 02010-01-08 Frozen Fenway Northeastern Huskies (women) 3–5 New Hampshire Wildcats (women)
Boston College Eagles (men) 2–3 Boston University Terriers (men)
27 38,456[25] Flag of the United States Fenway Park, Boston 02012-01-07 Frozen Fenway 2012 UMass Minutemen 3-2 Vermont Catamounts
Maine Black Bears 5-4 New Hampshire Wildcats
28 38,112 Flag of the United States Fenway Park, Boston 02010-01-01 2010 NHL Winter Classic Boston Bruins 2–1 Philadelphia Flyers
29 37,592[26] Flag of the United States Ford Field, Detroit 02010-04-10 2010 NCAA Men's Hockey Championship Game Boston College Eagles 5–0 Wisconsin Badgers
30 36,644[27] Flag of Finland Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki 02011-02-05 2011 SM-liiga Winter Classic (Talviklassikko) Jokerit 3–4 HIFK
31 34,954[28] Flag of the United States Ford Field, Detroit 02010-04-08 2010 Frozen Four Semi-Finals Wisconsin Badgers 8–1 RIT Tigers
Miami RedHawks 1–7 Boston College Eagles


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