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big house Big attendance at Big House hockey game

Michigan State Spartans and the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan on December 11, 2010 (Getty/ Leon Halip)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan and Michigan State have set a world record for attendance at a hockey game, playing in front of 113,411 at Michigan Stadium.

The school announced the attendance during the third period Saturday. A representative from Guinness World Records was on hand to verify the record. The previous mark for a hockey game was 77,803 at this year’s world championship in Germany.

This is also the largest crowd to see any event at Michigan Stadium, surpassing the 113,090 for a football game earlier this year.

The hockey game — dubbed “The Big Chill at the Big House” — takes place nine years after the same two teams played another outdoor game at Michigan State’s football stadium. Since then, the idea has been copied at the college level and by the NHL.

(Copyright: The Associated Press)

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