The Malik Report
by Paul on 12/30/13 at 05:28 PM ET
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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