Cold War was a college ice hockey game played between U.S. college rivals Michigan State University and the University of Michigan on Saturday, October 6, 2001. It set a then-world record for the largest crowd at an ice hockey game with 74,544. 
Longtime rivals with the University of Michigan in hockey (and other sports), MSU decided not to play this contest at
East Lansing's Munn Ice Arena, but instead set up an ice rink in the middle of the much larger Spartan Stadium, which they filled to 103.4% of capacity. This meant that 74,544 packed the  Big Ten football stadium (the home of the MSU football team) to watch the MSU Spartans and the U-M Wolverines skate to a 3-3 tie.  Two 300-piece  marching bands were present on field and the game was internationally televised. Country artist Shannon Brown sang during the second intermission.
Game summary [ edit ]
Number in parenthesis represents the player's total in goals or assists to that point of the season
Jed Ortmeyer Tripping
Duncan Keith Roughing
Brad Fast High-Sticking
Jason Ryznar Tripping
Shots by period
Power play opportunities
Team rosters [ edit ]
Kevin O'Malley and Matt Migliaccio dressed as the back-up goaltenders. Neither entered the game. ^
Officials [ edit ]
Record surpassed [ edit ]
The opening game of the
2010 IIHF World Championship took place on May 7 at the retractable-roof Veltins-Arena, normally used by the soccer club Schalke 04. On this occasion, the stadium's configuration allowed for a capacity of 75,976, which would ultimately be exceeded by almost 2,000, breaking the all-time attendance record.
On December 11, 2010, the two teams involved in the Cold War met again, this time with Michigan hosting the game at its
football venue, Michigan Stadium. UM billed the game as " The Big Chill at the Big House Presented by Arby's". When UM halted ticket sales to the general public on May 6, 2010, over 100,000 tickets had been sold.  As of the  2010 football season, Michigan Stadium had an official capacity of 109,901. The game ended with a 5-0 victory for the University of Michigan. The record was officially set at 104,173 people.
Television [ edit ]
The game was broadcast by
FSN Detroit, which made it available nationally. The announcers were Matt Shepard, Billy Jaffe and Shireen Saski. John Keating hosted a pregame show.
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Latham, Krista. " Game shatters records, players' expectations Archived November 11, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.". The State News. October 8, 2001.
^ Gumbrecht, Jamie. Big game brings out fans, winter clothes Archived 2006-11-11 at the Wayback Machine.". The State News. October 7, 2001.
^ Jahnke, James. " 'The Cold War' ends in stalemate Archived 2006-11-28 at the Wayback Machine.". The State News. October 7, 2001.
^ McCollough, J. Brady. No winners in record-breaking game". The Michigan Daily. October 8, 2001.
^ "Ticket Freeze for The Big Chill at the Big House Presented by Arby's" (Press release). University of Michigan Athletic Department. May 6, 2010 . Retrieved . July 25, 2010