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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!

More from Eye on Hockey

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Comments

Since: Apr 17, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:04 pm
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

Report from the 2013 Winter Classic: Michigan Stadium crams 214,782 people in to watch the Red Wings play the Maple Leafs. 120,000 people couldn't see anything and want their money back.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:00 pm
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

can't believe they are holding this in a 113,000 stadium and expect to sell all tickets.
Bad enough watching a football game with fleas on the field and not like your regualar arena
but this is so ridiculous and Detroit AGAIN?



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:54 pm
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

2 words : 

COORS.  FIELD.

'nuff said.



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:49 pm
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

you all crazy talkin. this will be the best one yet. 


TDAISON
Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:46 pm
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Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:32 pm
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

Big question - why the Wings AGAIN!  they just played...Spread the wealth around...And NO we do not want to see the Bruins and Rangers again....



Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:13 pm
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

The Article is a Qoute From Brian Burke the worst Gm in the NHL , what else is he gonna say



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:10 pm
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

being a Mapleleafs fan in the NHL , like being a Cleveland Browns in the NFL   . The last time the won anything half the people on this Planet weren't alive   LMAO



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:07 pm
 

NHL announces Winter Classic to be at Big House

HBO must be not happy with these two teams for the winter classic  , as the late great Paul Newman said it isn't like  were the Boston Bruins or something  HaHa   .... Canada's team is Toronto  , first I ever heard that outside of Toronto , besides everyone knows North America's Team is the Boston Bruins because as we all KNow Only REAL MEN WEAR BLACK !!!!!  



ALFIwantsout
Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:06 pm
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