GRENOBLE, France – For the first time ever an outdoor game at a football stadium was organized in France.
Labeled with the English words “Winter Game”, the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble became the site for the first-ever game of this kind in France as well as for a new domestic attendance record.
19,767 spectators saw the home side Grenoble Brûleurs de Loups lose its game of the Ligue Magnus against Briançon Diables Rouges 5-4.
The game was surrounded by a concert and the teams were welcomed by a gospel choir of 100 persons when they entered the ice as well as by cheerleaders and the mascots.
Briançon took a 2-0 lead after the first period and the “Red Devils” extended it to 5-2 in the last period before Grenoble scored two goals in the last minutes of regulation time but fell short of tying the game.
The game broke the old attendance record of 13,364 spectators that saw the 2011 French Cup Final at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, which will be used for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. France will co-host the 2017 edition together with Cologne, Germany.