Ann Arbor to drop giant, lighted hockey puck on New Year's Eve

Ann Arbor has a big New Year's Eve party planned for Winter Classic festivities. (USATSI)
Ann Arbor has a big New Year's Eve party planned for Winter Classic festivities. (USATSI)

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Ann Arbor, Mich., will play host to the NHL’s Winter Classic pitting the Detroit Red Wings against Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day. As anyone in the known world is surely aware, you can’t have an adequate New Year’s Day celebration without ringing it in properly on New Year’s Eve.

The Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visotors Bureau wants to make sure the thousands of hockey fans that will descend on the town have the proper NYE. Borrowing from New York City’s famous crystal ball in Times Square, the city will be dropping a giant hockey puck at the stroke of midnight in downtown Ann Arbor.

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Michigan-based design and fabrication studio METAL is constructing the puck to drop at the stroke of midnight. A lighting ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. to kick off the fun.

“In keeping with the theme of the event, we will actually be lowering a 10-foot puck lit with 6,000 LED lights,” says METAL visionary John Walters via a release.

That’s a big, bright puck.

The festivities will also feature live music and DJs.

With this Winter Classic featuring new divisional rivals as well as teams from the U.S. and Canada, perhaps this giant, lighted hockey puck can bring their fans all together in perfect harmony. Well, at least for the 10-second countdown.

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Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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