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Winter Classic Numbers

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (Dec. 30, 2013) – A look at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® “By the Numbers.”

0        Per stadium policy, zero bags are allowed into Michigan Stadium, including all bags, backpacks, purses, camera and binocular cases, etc.; fans should plan on leaving bags and purses locked in the trunk of their vehicle.

1                Cable cam that will be used in network coverage by NBC and CBC

4        Of the five most-watched NHL regular-season games in the U.S. since 1975 were NHL Winter Classic games

4.5        Approximate drive, in hours, between Toronto and Detroit by car

7        Number of times the Maple Leafs and Red Wings have faced off in the Stanley Cup Final (1936, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1963, and 1964)
 

10        Most number of goals teams have combined to score in a single NHL Winter Classic, six of which were scored by the Red Wings in their 6-4 defeat of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field

11        Detroit Stanley Cup Championships (since 1918); one has come in a Final against Toronto

13        Toronto Stanley Cup championships (since 1918); six of which have come by defeating Detroit in the Final

15        Number of satellite uplink trucks on site to cover the event

18        Number of NHL corporate and broadcast partners activating at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Spectator Plaza, a free, interactive hockey and entertainment fan festival, open to the public at 9 a.m. ET on game day

23        Playoff meetings between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings (Toronto has a 12-11 series edge)

31                The combined number of Grammy and Juno awards won by the musicians that have performed at the NHL Winter Classic since 2009, including James Taylor, Patti LaBelle, the Zac Brown Band and more (15 Grammy Awards, 16 Juno Awards)

39.1        Average temperature in Fahrenheit at puck drop for the five NHL Winter Classics (2008 – 31.1°, 2009 – 31.9°, 2010 – 39.6°, 2011 – 51.7°, 2012 - 41°)

43        Most shots by one team in an NHL Winter Classic, recorded by the Red Wings at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, 2009

53        Length, in feet, of the world’s largest mobile rink refrigeration unit, specially built for the NHL Winter Classic

82        Broadcast cameras (all networks) that will capture all the NHL Winter Classic action at Michigan Stadium, including a cable cam, an airplane cam, and, for the first time ever, a rink-side camera cart

96        Rows of seats at Michigan Stadium

145        Players that have worn both the famed Maple Leaf and Winged Wheel

160-plus        Approximate number of countries and territories that will carry the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® game broadcast

230                Approximate number of miles that separate Toronto and Detroit

276        Number of wins for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings in their 645 regular-season meetings since 1926-27

300                Ton capacity of refrigeration trailer that will keep the ice cool at Michigan Stadium

350                Gallons of paint used to make the Michigan Stadium ice white

645         Number of times, prior to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the Maple Leafs and Red Wings have met in the regular season since 1926-27

646        Total number of points earned by Maple Leafs in their 645 meetings vs. the Red Wings

648        Total number of points earned by the Red Wings in their 645 meetings vs. the Maple Leafs

1927        Year Michigan Stadium, the largest college football stadium in the country, was completed, initially seating 72,000 fans

1,846        Concessions staff manning the food and beverage outlets at Michigan Stadium during the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®*

1955        Year that the official capacity for Michigan Stadium topped 100,000 for the first time

2003        Year the Heritage Classic was played in Edmonton between the Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens, the first regular season NHL outdoor game in history

2008        The year the first NHL Winter Classic was played in Buffalo between the Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins, with Sidney Crosby netting the game-winner in a shootout

3,000                Gallons of coolant used to freeze the Michigan Stadium rink

3,688                Gallons of hot chocolate expected to be brewed at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1*

14,150        Pretzels projected to be purchased by fans during the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®*

38,450        Hot Dogs projected to be purchased by fans during the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®*

104,173        The largest confirmed audience for a game of ice hockey, which is the current GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title, set at "The Big Chill at the Big House" between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University at Michigan Stadium on Dec. 11, 2010; the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® is anticipated to host a potential world record-setting crowd on Jan. 1.

175,000        The estimated value, in dollars, of the resources and materials the NHL and Detroit Red Wings Foundation, in conjunction with DTE Energy, Johnson Controls, and York, funded in upgrades and renovations to the outdoor rink operated by the Clark Park Coalition, a recreation center in Detroit. The donation to Clark Park's rink was part of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Legacy Initiative.

250,000        Approximate number of visitors expected to visit downtown Detroit and the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™, an outdoor celebration of hockey held at Comerica Park in partnership with the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.

265,226        Total spectators in attendance at the first five NHL Winter Classics


*According to Sodexo, the food service provider for Michigan Stadium

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