New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NHL will not get the Guinness world record for largest attendance at a hockey game due to a counting issue.
The NHL sold 105,491 tickets for the Jan. 1 outdoor game at Michigan Stadium between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.
The attendance was more than the current Guinness record holder — 104,173 for a 2010 NCAA game between Michigan and Michigan State at the same site.
To make the record accurate, Guinness and the NHL earlier agreed to count the tickets by bar codes that were scanned by ticket takers at the gates.
Because of the cold and wintry weather, fans were still arriving in the second period. At that point, ticket takers had stopped scanning tickets.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the scanner difference would be enough to keep the league from setting a world record.