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Syracuse, Utica break U.S. indoor attendance record @NHLdotcom

The Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets played in front of 30,715 to set an attendance record for the largest indoor crowd in the United States to attend a professional hockey game Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y.

The Toyota Frozen Dome Classic with 30,715 fans at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York to watch an AHL game between the Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets. (Credit: Dave Kliment)

The AHL game Saturday night between the Syracuse
Crunch and Utica Comets set a new indoor attendance
record for a professional hockey game in the U.S. with
a crowd of
30,715 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse,
Photo: Dave Kliment (Click to enlarge)

In the Toyota Frozen Dome Classic, the Crunch, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, defeated the Comets, a Vancouver Canucks affiliate, 2-1 at the Carrier Dome.

The game broke the record of 28,138 set April 23, 1996 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., a Stanley Cup Playoff game between the Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers.

Saturday was the second-largest crowd for an AHL game. In 2012, 45,653 attended when the Adirondack Phantoms defeated the Hershey Bears 4-3 in overtime at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

This was the first hockey game played inside the Carrier Dome, which opened in 1980 on the campus of Syracuse University.

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