Michiganders! Get your best acid washed jeans and Starter jackets out! The NHL has announced that Toronto and Detroit are meeting at Michigan Stadium for the 2013 Winter Classic! This means only one thing. ATTENDANCE RECORD!
The Big House can hold 110,000 plus and has hosted a hockey game before, getting 104,173 for a game labeled as “The Big Chill at The Big House” on December 11, 2010. (That game featured the University of Michigan and Little Brother) Undoubtedly, the idea is to pack every seat, no matter how craptacular the view is so that the NHL can parade around such a gaudy attendance number.
Is it risky? Well there is a chance that the Wolverines could be playing a New Years Day bowl, but that is probably why the Leafs were included in this whole sha-bang. No matter what happens, the NHL has created a must see game every year, people like being seen in places where other people want to be seen.
Now comes the real question. Will they serve beer?!?!?! Michigan Stadium, like most college football venues, abstains from such debauchorous promotion. They’d much rather just sell you the mixers for the ziplock bag full of booze you tucked in your ass-crack. It will be interesting to see if the NHL gets this lifted for one day.
Side Story: I went to a Wings game at the Joe. They had pour your own beer lines. I poured my beer, quickly chugged half and refilled it before walking to the register and handing over $9. Had I been smarter, I would have just thrown my mouth up against the tap and chugged until security pried my hands of the handle.
Anyway, should be cold, and fun.