The Leafs defeated the Wings 3-2 in a shootout in the NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
The Red Wings-Maple Leafs NHL Winter Classic game at Michigan Stadium will not be a world record for hockey attendance, according to a report.
Yahoo Sports, attributing its information to an NHL source, said attendance for the Jan. 1 game will fall short of the Guinness World Record of 104,173 for the Michigan vs. Michigan State game, also at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, in 2010.
The NHL and Guinness agreed on a barcode system for ticket accounting. But ticket-takers stopped scanning tickets in the second period, and due to poor weather conditions, there were many late-arriving fans whose tickets were never scanned, Yahoo said.
The NHL, which said it sold 105,491 tickets for the game, is still waiting on official word from Guinness.
“We haven’t heard that it’s not the record,” NHL chief operating officer John Collins told Yahoo. “We just haven’t heard anything.”