Finally after much begging, speculation and debate the Detroit Red Wings were finally awarded the Winter Classic. The NHL finally righted a wrong by giving Detroit the game they should have already had years ago. They did go the extra step by finally including a Canadian team to the game. An outdoor Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maples Leafs matchup is a hockey purist's dream.
The event will be spread out between events at Comerica Park in Detroit and the Winter Classic game at the University of Michigan’s football stadium, The Big House. Between the two venues there will be everything from youth games to minor league games. The hugely popular Great Lakes Invitational, which will pit college teams Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech and Western Michigan will move outside this year as well.
The goal for having the game at The Big House will be to beat the attendance record for a hockey game. Michigan and Michigan State played an outdoor game that saw just over 104,000 fans fill the stands. The league is hoping to pass the 115,000 mark.
Now that the game has been announced there are some burning questions that need to be answered. Of course one of the biggest questions has already been answered: Yes, they will be allowed to sell beer