2013 Winter Classic: Detroit Red Wings Will Host Toronto Maple Leafs

Rob Waters@NYRangersZoneCorrespondent IFebruary 9, 2012

The 2013 Winter Classic will be the Detroit Red Wings against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The 2013 Winter Classic will be the Detroit Red Wings against the Toronto Maple Leafs.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has just announced that the 2013 Winter Classic will be located at Michigan Stadium, also known as "The Big House," at the University of Michigan, where the Detroit Red Wings will face the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The game will be on January 1, 2013. 

The Alumni Game will take place at Comerica Park, the Detroit Tigers' baseball stadium.

This marks the first time an official Winter Classic event includes a Canadian NHL team.

The Original Six matchup is highly anticipated by the NHL, and Bettman stated in his official media address that the "capacity we expect to challenge and surpass prior Winter Classic events."

Over 115,000 tickets will be available for the 2013 Winter Classic, but Bettman believes there "still won't be enough to meet demand."

This year, Bettman promises more activities and events for fans of the NHL to enjoy. There will be an alumni, college, AHL and OHL game aside from the official Winter Classic event.

Bettman anticipates there will be 150,000-200,000 people present in downtown Detroit—and commented that, "our presence in Detroit will be unmistakable."

Michigan was repeatedly referred to in the media address as the "hot bed of hockey."

Detroit mayor David Bing said, "It's been very difficult for me to get up and smile in the position I am in. But today, I am able to get up and smile."

He continued, "We will do everything we can to make this first class."

The full media address is available at NHL.com

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