ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The NHL is hoping bigger is better at its Winter Classic.
The league has been playing a game outdoors since 2008, but this time it expects a whole lot more fans.
If that many fans brave temperatures in the teens on a snowy afternoon, it will be a record. In the same football stadium, known as the Big House, Michigan and Michigan State set a hockey attendance record of 104,173 in 2010.
An average of 53,045 spectators watched the first five Winter Classics. The average temperature has been 39 degrees.