Michigan’s announced total at the Big Chill at the Big House was 113,411. That's still unofficial according to Guinness World Records standards. But when the organization announces the official number in the future, it’ll still smash the previous record of 77,803 set in May at Veletnis Stadium in Germany.
It also set a record for the biggest crowd to witness a sporting event inside the 83-year-old Big House.
The reason for the discrepancy comes because of Guinness counts differently than Michigan counts. The school counts players, media and others at the game to work. Guinness doesn’t count any of those people.
"It's a combination of scans with the barcodes on tickets," Janela said, explaining how Guinness reaches its number. "It's not for tickets sold but for people who actually show up. People who weren’t ticketed, marching band for instance, or people who were given special passes."
Media and players, he said, do not count in the numbers because they are not actually spectators of the game.