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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, and all but three of the games were played in open-air stadiums. Two games were played at the fixed-roof Ford Field in Detroit, and the most-attended game was held at the retractable-roof Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany (with the roof closed for that game). 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 is expected to be set on December 11, 2010 when the University of Michigan's men's ice hockey team faces cross-state rival Michigan State in an event billed as "The Big Chill at the Big House". The game will be played at Michigan's (American) football venue, Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, with a capacity of 109,901 as of the 2010 football season. When UM stopped sales to the general public on May 6, 2010 with plans to reserve remaining tickets for students, over 100,000 tickets had been sold for the event.[2]

Rank Attendance Location Date Game Home team Final score Visiting team
1 77,803[3] 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[4]
2 74,554[5] Flag of the United States Spartan Stadium, East Lansing 02001-10-06 Cold War Michigan State Spartans 3–3 Michigan Wolverines
3 71,217[6] Flag of the United States Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park 02008-01-01 2008 NHL Winter Classic Buffalo Sabres 1–2 Pittsburgh Penguins
4 57,167[7] Flag of Canada Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton 02003-11-22 Heritage Classic Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Montreal Canadiens
5 55,031[8] 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)
6 55,000[5] 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
7 40,890[9] Flag of the United States Lambeau Field, Green Bay 02006-02-13 Frozen Tundra Classic Wisconsin Badgers 4–2 Ohio State Buckeyes
8 40,818[10] Flag of the United States Wrigley Field, Chicago 02009-01-01 2009 NHL Winter Classic Chicago Blackhawks 4–6 Detroit Red Wings
9 38,472[11] 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)
10 38,112 Flag of the United States Fenway Park, Boston 02010-01-01 2010 NHL Winter Classic Boston Bruins 2–1 Philadelphia Flyers
11 37,592[12] 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
12 34,954[13] 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
13 31,144[14] Flag of Sweden Ullevi, Gothenburg 02009-12-28 2009–10 Elitserien season Frölunda HC Gothenburg 4–1 Färjestads BK Karlstad
14 30,500[15] Flag of Austria Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt 02010-01-09 Erste Bank Eishockey Liga Outdoor game EC KAC 1–3 VSV EC
15 30,076[16] Flag of Switzerland Stade de Suisse, Bern 02007-01-14 100th match between Tigers-Bern SCL Tigers 2–5 SC Bern


References Edit

  1. Hackel, Stu. "The Morning Skate: Assessing the Winter Classic", The New York Times, 2009-01-02. Retrieved on 2010-05-08. 
  2. University of Michigan Athletic Department (2010-05-06). Ticket Freeze for The Big Chill at the Big House Presented by Arby's. Press release. Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  3. "Historic win for Germany", International Ice Hockey Federation, 2010-05-07. Retrieved on 2010-05-07. 
  4. The USA was the designated home team for this game by IIHF seeding criteria, despite Germany being host of the World Championships.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Finsterwalder, Brandon. "Outdoor hockey game", The Badger Herald, 2001-10-08. Retrieved on 2009-01-14. 
  6. Burnside, Scott. "Winter Classic: We're live from Buffalo",, 2008-01-01. Retrieved on 2009-01-14. 
  7. The Canadian Press. "Fuhr, Ranford shine at Heritage Classic", CBC Sports, 2003-11-22. Retrieved on 2009-01-14. 
  8. Template error: argument title is required. 
  9. Albright, David. "On top of the ol' Tundra, a great day for hockey",, 2006-02-14. Retrieved on 2009-01-14. 
  10. Burnside, Scott. "Another successful outdoor tilt gives NHL its signature event",, 2009-01-01. Retrieved on 2009-01-14. 
  11. "Frigid Fenway: College players get thrills, chills in baseball cathedral", CNN, 2010-01-09. Retrieved on 2010-05-08. 
  12. "BC wins second title in three years",, 2010-04-10. Retrieved on 2010-04-10. 
  13. Template error: argument title is required. 
  14. "Publikkaos när Europarekordet slogs",, 2009-12-28. Retrieved on 2009-12-23. 
  15. "Eishockey: Villach triumphiert im Freiluft-Derby", Die Presse, 2010-01-09. Retrieved on 2010-05-08. 
  16. Associated Press. "Austria's most historic Euro 2008 stadium has a dark past", MSN, 2008-05-03. Retrieved on 2009-01-14. 

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