On Saturday (December 11 2010) the University of Michigan Wolverines met the Michigan State University Spartans in The Big Chill at the Big House (Wikipedia entry). A world-record smashing crowd of 113,411 saw the Wolverines pummel the Spartans 5-0, and UM AD Dave Brandon left open the possibility of future hockey at Michigan’s largest stadium:
“That’s not something you do every year,” Brandon said after the six-minute fireworks display that capped Saturday’s day-long festivities. “You’ve got to make it special.”
Michigan officials made sure the inaugural outdoor hockey game inside the 83-year-old Ann Arbor landmark was memorable. Fireworks highlighted a pre-game ceremony that also included a stealth bomber flyover and followed each of Michigan’s five goals.
Microphones were placed at ice level, piping the sounds of the game into the stadium’s bowl to provide fans a more traditional hockey experience. There were video highlights played on the end zone scoreboards throughout the game, leading up to a choreographed fireworks display set to music from “The Big Chill” movie.
Here’s the highlight reel from the game and you can see video of the record-setting crowd below!