List of ice hockey games with highest attendance

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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]
United States Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor December 11, 2010 The Big Chill at the Big House Michigan Wolverines 5–0 Michigan State Spartans
2 105,491 (announced)[4]
< 104,173 (certified)[5]
United States Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor January 1, 2014 2014 NHL Winter Classic Detroit Red Wings 2–3
(SO)
Toronto Maple Leafs
3 77,803[6] Germany Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen May 7, 2010 2010 IIHF World Championship  United States 1–2  Germany[7]
4 74,554[8] United States Spartan Stadium, East Lansing October 6, 2001 Cold War Michigan State Spartans 3–3 Michigan Wolverines
5 71,217[9] United States Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park January 1, 2008 2008 NHL Winter Classic Buffalo Sabres 1–2 Pittsburgh Penguins
6 68,111[10] United States Heinz Field, Pittsburgh January 1, 2011 2011 NHL Winter Classic Pittsburgh Penguins 1–3 Washington Capitals
7 62,921 United States Soldier Field, Chicago March 1, 2014 2014 NHL Stadium Series Chicago Blackhawks 5–1 Pittsburgh Penguins
8 57,167[11] Canada Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton November 22, 2003 2003 Heritage Classic Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Montreal Canadiens
9 55,031[12] United States Camp Randall Stadium, Madison February 6, 2010 Camp Randall Hockey Classic Wisconsin Badgers (women) 6–1 Bemidji State Beavers (women)
Wisconsin Badgers (men) 3–2 Michigan Wolverines (men)
10 55,000[8] Soviet Union Lenin Stadium, Moscow March 5, 1957 1957 World Ice Hockey Championships  Soviet Union 4–4  Sweden
11 54,194 Canada BC Place, Vancouver March 2, 2014 2014 NHL Heritage Classic Vancouver Canucks 2-4 Ottawa Senators
12 54,099 United States Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles January 25, 2014 2014 NHL Stadium Series Los Angeles Kings 0-3 Anaheim Ducks
13 52,051 United States Soldier Field, Chicago February 17, 2013 OfficeMax Hockey City Classic Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2–1 Miami RedHawks
Wisconsin Badgers 3–2 Minnesota Golden Gophers
14 50,105 United States Yankees Stadium, New York City January 26, 2014 2014 NHL Stadium Series New Jersey Devils 3-7 New York Rangers
15 50,027 United States Yankees Stadium, New York City January 29, 2014 2014 NHL Stadium Series New York Islanders 1-2 New York Rangers
16 50,000[13] Germany Stadion Nürnberg, Nürnberg January 5, 2013 Deutsche Eishockey Liga Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers 4–3 Eisbären Berlin
17 46,967[14] United States Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia January 2, 2012 2012 NHL Winter Classic Philadelphia Flyers 2–3 New York Rangers
18 45,808[15] United States Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia December 31, 2011 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game Philadelphia Flyers Alumni 3-1 New York Rangers Alumni
19 45,653[16] United States Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia January 6, 2012 2012 AHL Outdoor Classic Adirondack Phantoms 4–3 Hershey Bears
20 41,022[17] Canada McMahon Stadium, Calgary February 20, 2011 2011 Heritage Classic Calgary Flames 4-0 Montreal Canadiens
21 40,890[18] United States Lambeau Field, Green Bay February 13, 2006 Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic Wisconsin Badgers 4–2 Ohio State Buckeyes
22 40,818[19] United States Wrigley Field, Chicago January 1, 2009 2009 NHL Winter Classic Chicago Blackhawks 4–6 Detroit Red Wings
23 38,472[20] United States Fenway Park, Boston January 8, 2010 Frozen Fenway Northeastern Huskies (women) 3–5 New Hampshire Wildcats (women)
Boston College Eagles (men) 2–3 Boston University Terriers (men)
24 38,456[21] United States Fenway Park, Boston January 7, 2012 Frozen Fenway 2012 UMass Minutemen 3-2 Vermont Catamounts
Maine Black Bears 5-4 New Hampshire Wildcats
25 38,112 United States Fenway Park, Boston January 1, 2010 2010 NHL Winter Classic Boston Bruins 2–1 Philadelphia Flyers
26 37,592[22] United States Ford Field, Detroit April 10, 2010 2010 NCAA Men's Hockey Championship Game Boston College Eagles 5–0 Wisconsin Badgers
27 36,644[23] Finland Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki February 5, 2011 2011 SM-liiga Winter Classic (Talviklassikko) Jokerit 3–4 HIFK
28 34,954[24] United States Ford Field, Detroit April 8, 2010 2010 Frozen Four Semi-Finals Wisconsin Badgers 8–1 RIT Tigers
Miami RedHawks 1–7 Boston College Eagles

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