Outdoor hockey game should set attendance mark

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“It’s historic,” Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said. “It’s the equivalent of another major football game.”

Michigan is trying to make the game as much of a community event as possible, allowing high school and youth teams to play at the stadium. There’s even an open skating session for the public Sunday.

Although the game has been in the works pretty much all year, there are still a lot of unknowns. The weather is always a wild card, and although the crowd will be huge, fans will be pushed back quite a bit from the rink, which is on a football field, after all. Nobody is quite sure how the roar of more than 100,000 fans might compare to a normal Michigan home game at Yost Ice Arena, which holds 6,637.

Moffatt is looking forward to finding out.

“I have no clue,” Moffatt said. “Football games are loud and stuff, but now we’re talking 10-degree weather out here, and people are going to be shivering the whole time.

“Who knows what it’s going to be like? I’m sure there will be so much adrenaline, you won’t even really notice it.”

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