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NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:39 am
Edited on: February 9, 2012 3:26 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The NHL made it all officially official on Thursday in Detroit. The Winter Classic will be held at the Big House in Ann Arbor against the Maple Leafs and Red Wings next New Year's Day.

"It's Hockeytown against the center of the hockey universe" Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke joked at the news conference.

It had been in the works for a while. The talk of the press box at the Winter Classic in Philly just over a month ago was that Detroit was going to be hosting the game. Since then everything has come into focus and the NHL just clarified (and confirmed) it all.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said that there will be about 115,000 tickets available for the game, and assuming they sell them all (they will) it will break the record for a hockey audience, also achieved at Michigan Stadium when University of Michigan played Michigan State.

"I'm all pshyced, I want to get my skates!" Red Wings owner Mike Illitch said. "But I can't skate."

In addition to the big game, downtown Detroit will be hosting events all week with the Hockeytown Winter Festival including the Alumni Game at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. The rink in Detroit will be very busy as college and OHL games will also be held there.

In making the announcement, Bettman estimated that the events in Detroit itself will bring 150,000-200,000 fans to the city for all the events.

It will prove to be the busiest Winter Classic held to date, hands down. Not only will there be significantly more action on the rinks, but there will be two rinks at two stadiums. That will be a lot of work. But the good news is that nothing should affect the ice for the NHL game as Ann Arbor will only host the main event.

Personally, I think it's a fantastic idea, even if it will make life a little tough on the behind-the-scenes people and those covering the events, shuffling back and forth between the cities.

Hockeytown hosting the best week of outdoor hockey? Yes, please!

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Comments

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:19 pm
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

Correction: St. Paul is Hockeytown.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:58 pm
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

have any of you seen Toronto play a road game?? check out the crowd, you wont see more visiting jerseys in other game not involving Toronto.
you obviously don't follow the wings much.  some of the wings road games look like home games with all the red wing jerseys in the crowd.  and unlike Toronto -- the Red Wings have actually been relevant in the last couple decades.



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:20 pm
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

Hail....To Hockeytown!!!



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:45 am
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

Every leaf game is sold out and that's when they have been out of the playoffs for so long as well.
They are diehard crazy and will totally make it to this game; I already have friends who are booking hotels for the game, so for those who think the leaf fans won't show up, you are so wrong. 




Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:57 am
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

Another record for THE University of Michigan..Love that picture on CBS for all to see.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:45 am
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

Ann Arbor is hockeytown???  Huh....



Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:23 am
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

Its a little surprising to see how ignorant some people are, if you dont know what your talking about fine, but dont open your mouth, Brian Burke calling Toronto the centre of the hockey universe is hardly the first time thats been said, it been coined that for many years, have any of you seen Toronto play a road game?? check out the crowd, you wont see more visiting jerseys in other game not involving Toronto.

its just the way it is, but dont worry, we dont care what you say, we just call it Toronto envy up here.



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:54 am
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

galf- High5



Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 4:58 am
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

Can't wait. It will be a happening. Very happy to see Toronto in this one. Two classic jerseys making for a sea of red&white and blue&white will be quite a sight. Props to Mr. I for putting it together. Props to Mateo for handling the dofus comments posted herein. 


bigbangtheory17
Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:19 am
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