NHL Winter Classic 2013: 13 Reasons Detroit Should Host Next Outdoor Game
It seems almost certain that the Detroit Red Wings will host the 2013 Winter Classic, and within reasons, they should. They've remained interested in hosting it for quite some time.
It's been three years since a Western Conference team hosted the game. It's no secret that Detroit will be likely to host it, either at the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor or Comerica Park in Detroit.
The Classic is a game all hockey fans enjoy to watch, and it's even better when it's your own team. Here are 13 reasons why Detroit should host the next outdoor game.
Been There, Done That
In the five Winter Classic games that have been played, only one has been hosted by the Western Conference. It was in 2009 where the Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field, 6-4.
The other four games were hosted by the Eastern Conference and were all intra-conference matchups. It's time for the Western Conference to take their part.
The Red Wings will be the perfect host for that.
Usually in January, Michigan is cold, cloudy and white. It will be the perfect setting for an outdoor game. It will be easier to keep the ice in good condition during the event.
There's nothing like a real hockey game that feels similar to how we used to play on ice ponds when we were kids. The Michigan weather will help give it a true Winter Classic experience.
And it's not a winter game unless everyone is drinking hot chocolate.
It's only fair—and logic—that if a Western Conference team hosts the event, then its opponent should be from the Western Conference. Plus, it'll draw in fans from the West Coast to watch the Classic and be interested in it.
Detroit has the perfect setting, and it'll give chances to other teams who live in warmer climates to play in the Classic.
The perfect opponents would be the Colorado Avalanche. They had a bitter rivalry in the late 90s, and to most fans, it still exists today. It'll give the Avs a chance to play in an event they'll likely never be able to host.
Another likely opponent will possibly be the San Jose Sharks. They've been playoff rivals for the past few years. It's always an intense game when these two face each other.
While some debate that Canadian teams should play, the NHL wanted this to be an American tradition so the teams from Canada may not get to participate.
Successful and Popular
The Red Wings have been one of the most successful and one of the most popular franchises in the NHL.
More people will tune in to watch. The game will attract more fans. They'll be a good host because they'll be able to draw in more people, either in person or on televison.
As stated before, if the Wings host it, the NHL will have their pick of venues in which place to host it in Comerica Park, the Detroit Tigers stadium, or Michigan Stadium, which could take in 100,000 spectators or more.
Mike Ilitch might try to push to have the game at Comerica Park since he owns both the Red Wings and the Tigers.
If the game was played in the Michigan Stadium, it would be heaven. It'll be a dream come true. If the ticket prices were within reasons, more hockey fans will be able to watch a true experience in person.
It'll be something that has never been done before.
If possible, Michigan Stadium would be the perfect place to host the Winter Classic.
Last year, they hosted an event called "Big Chill at the Big House," where the Michigan Wolverines faced the Michigan State Spartans in a game of college hockey.
This event alone attracted 104,000 fans.
Imagine how much the Wings could attract if they host the Classic there?
This stadium proved they can host an outside hockey game and that they were successful.
As shown in the 2009 Winter Classic, the Red Wings have much cooler, retro jerseys. They have more of an iconic logo embedded in them.
Besides, the Wings logo has changed a bit over the years of its franchise. It'll be nice to see other jerseys from the Wings' history.
When Chicago hosted the Winter Classic in 2009, the Wings-Blackhawks matchup had the highest American television ratings of any hockey game in 33 years. It was the major success of this game that kept the Classic tradition going.
It may have been due to the matchup, but the high success was due to the Wings. If the Wings can drawn in a high television rating if they were guests, they could drawn in a higher ratings if they host it.
It'll be a chance for the Wings to attract those who are not everyday hockey fans.
One game ended in a shootout. Another was a come-from-behind victory. Most of the Winter Classic games were intense, strong play games. Each and every one of these games were thriving.
To continue that success, they should host it in Detroit. It could end up being the most successful Classic yet.
The Wings always play an intense game, especially when its on national television. They are a puck-controlling team that many enjoy to watch. With the Wings on one side of the rink, the game is already set up to be a strong one.
Every Player's Dream
Tomas Holmstrom stated that he would enjoy having the opportunity to play in the Winter Classic again.
It was a great experience in Chicago. To celebrate New Year’s and the family was there in Chicago. It was the perfect day for it, too. It was fun the day before, the families were there. We skated outside. It was really good. And we came up with a win, too. But it was a great experience, something you'll remember the rest of your life.
Source: Daily Tribune.
Jimmy Howard stated that it is something every hockey player dreams of performing in. They grew up skating on ponds and lakes. To be able to play in an outdoor game is an experience that would be rewarding.
There are some Red Wings players that have yet to experience the Classic. It'll be a dream come true to host one.
True, two Original Six teams have already played in the Classic, but the history Detroit has is the reason why they should host it.
Detroit has a storied franchise. They have a long and interesting past. They were part of the original six. Their mascot, Al the Octopus, symbolized the eight wins it took to win the Stanley Cup back then. The Red Wings became the first perfect postseason NHL team to win the Stanley Cup 8-0.
Hosting the Winter Classic will be a good chance for the Red Wings to share interesting tidbits of their unique history.
Detroit will be more than willing to welcome the chance to host the Winter Classic. As for most sports teams, they play for their city.
This will be a great chance for the city of Detroit to celebrate the Red Wings. This hockey team has given so much to the city that been through their many share of struggles.
It will be a great experience not only to the fans and the citizens of Detroit and Michigan, but also to the Red Wings and the opponents who participate.
The Wings should get a chance to play in it once again and host the popular new tradition.
The Detroit Red Wings are like the city of Detroit. Both are prevalent. Both are always looking into the face of adversity. Both have been to hell and back.
The Wings for the past few years have always been deemed as "too old" and stated that their fine skills will eventually diminish. They have overcome the odds that has been placed against them. They have shown that their aging has not and will not slow them down.
There are no limits set by Detroit.
They should host the next Winter Classic.
A team that has looked into the face of adversity and overcome it should be granted the opportunity to shown how tough they are on the big stage.
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