Michigan Stadium is going to have three attendance records.
The Big House has the single-game college football and hockey records and now it looks like it'll have the United States soccer record as well as organizers have announced that tickets for Real Madrid's matchup with Manchester United at Michigan Stadium August 2 are sold out. Tickets went on sale to the public Thursday.
A crowd over 100,000 is expected for the game. Michigan Stadium's official capacity is just over 109,000 but some seats may need to be removed because team benches could be in the stands. A soccer field is wider than a football field, hence the need to move the benches.
Organizers didn’t have exact field dimensions available on Friday, but said it should be close to 70-meters (76 yards) wide and 100-meters (109 yards) long. Putting teams in the stands may be done to maximize available playing surface, and the only anticipated seat loss for the game.
Regardless, there should be well over 101,799 seats for the game, which is the record crowd for soccer in the United States, set in the 1984 Olympic Gold medal match between France and Brazil at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
The college football record is 115,109, set in 2013 when Notre Dame visited Michigan. The hockey attendance record was set in 2010 when Michigan played Michigan State. It was announced at 113,411 but certified at 104.173.
The previous record for a club soccer game is just over 93,000. That was set when Barcelona played the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl.
Our bet is Michigan Stadium holds on to the soccer and hockey records much longer than it holds on to the college football one. With the Battle at Bristol set for 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway between Tennessee and Virginia Tech, it'll likely draw more than 115,000 people.
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