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Stade des Alpes hockey game sets domestic attendance record

The Stade des Alpes in Grenoble hosted the first French outdoor hockey “Winter Game” and set a new national attendance record. 19,767 spectators watched the home side Grenoble Brûleurs de Loups lose its Ligue Magnus game against Briançon Diables Rouges 5-4.

The game was accompanied by a concert and the teams were welcomed onto the ice by a 100-strong gospel choir, as well as cheerleaders and mascots.

The game broke the old attendance record of 13,364 at 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.