Record crowd planned for opening game of 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championship

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany – The opening game of the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championship will be played at Schalke’s football stadium before what organizers hope will be a record-breaking crowd.

Schalke’s arena, which is equipped with a retractable roof and has been used for other sports events such as biathlon, will have a total capacity of 75,976.

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The record attendance for an ice hockey game is the 74,554 that watched the University of Michigan play Michigan State in 2001, the IIHF said.

Host Germany will play the game against a still to be determined team on May 7, 2010.