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#121 Rebound

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 04:58 PM

Looks like things are actually getting serious...

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Board of Regents has called a special meeting to discuss renting Michigan Stadium to the NHL for the Winter Classic.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday morning. If the regents give their OK as expected, that would likely be one of the last hurdles to bringing the NHL's annual showcase to one of the most iconic venues in college sports.

Buffalo, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have all hosted the Winter Classic, but the crowd for a game at Michigan Stadium would likely draw the league's largest crowd.

The Wolverines and rival Michigan State attracted a Guinness World Record 104,173 people for a hockey game on Dec. 11, 2010.


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Posted 07 February 2012 - 05:52 PM

To play Devil's Advocate, Calgary has some of the most unreliable winter weather you can possibly experience. I was there over christmas and all December the temperature was about 10-12 degrees Celcius (The same thing happened during the 88 Olympics, actually). A few weeks ago it plummeted down to -30. They lucked out weather-wise for the Heritage Classic a few years ago but clearly the very plausible risk of chinook-induced warm weather on the ice surface was not significant enough for them to consider hosting it somewhere else. Precipitation seems to be a more detrimental element then just temperature - as the extremely poor ice quality on Heinz Field attests to. <br>

And it can snow in the middle of summer in Calgary.
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 05:52 PM

The announcement for the Winter Classic is expected Thursday.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 06:36 PM

The announcement for the Winter Classic is expected Thursday.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 07:02 PM

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Bob McKenzie.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 08:58 PM

Bob McKenzie.

Thanks! That is great news.

Now I just have to hope the CBA gets signed.
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Posted 08 February 2012 - 02:17 PM

Per this article, ticket sales are handled by the NHL - UofM will have nothing to do with it. Does this rule out UofM alum, etc. as ticket sources?
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Posted 08 February 2012 - 02:51 PM

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 05:05 PM

Some info from Bob McKenzie via Twitter:

Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2013, will be DET-TOR at Univ of Michigan (The Big House) but it's the only event being held there.

Outdoor rink at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit will be site of a weeklong Hockeytown Fan Fest, so to speak. Events there will include:

Two GLI NCAA college games, Marlies vs Griffins AHL game and OHL doubleheader with PLY vs LDN and SAG vs WDR, plus high school/youth games.

Marquee event for Comerica on Dec. 31 will be Legends/Alumni game between ex-Leafs and ex-Wings. Then it's off to Big House on Jan. 1.

NHL may need to clone icemaker Dan Craig. Biggest challenge will maintaining ice quality at Comerica with all that usage. Good luck, Dan-o.

Correction to earlier tweet: all 4 GLI college games, not just 2 of them, will be played outdoors at Comerica Park next December.



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Posted 08 February 2012 - 09:05 PM

the reason it isn't other teams is this one will make a s*** ton of money
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Posted 08 February 2012 - 11:24 PM

Some info from Bob McKenzie via Twitter:


WOW!!!!

Outdoor rink at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit will be site of a weeklong Hockeytown Fan Fest, so to speak. Events there will include:

Two The GLI NCAA college games, Marlies vs Griffins AHL game and OHL doubleheader with PLY vs LDN and SAG vs WDR, plus high school/youth games.

Marquee event for Comerica on Dec. 31 will be Legends/Alumni game between ex-Leafs and ex-Wings.


This is freaking awesome!!! The Comerica events are much much better than I expected! I wonder if the high school games will also keep the Michigan vs. Ontario theme?? :D

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:49 AM

Happy "Official Announcement" Day!
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 09:53 AM

Not *entirely* sure if this is worth its own thread (mods can move if they like), but the Wings media let this slip before the official announcement at 10:30:

http://video.redwing...id=-6&id=156115

Game on! :D

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 09:57 AM

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:20 AM

Not *entirely* sure if this is worth its own thread (mods can move if they like), but the Wings media let this slip before the official announcement at 10:30:

http://video.redwing...id=-6&id=156115

Game on! :D


Sick video! Really excited about this and I might have to empty my savings account to make the trip up there!
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:29 AM

Here we go, time to make it official!

http://video.nhl.com...d=616&id=155923

Hahaha, they have the boards in place at Comerica!

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:33 AM

Mike & Marian Ilitch, Babs, Kenny, and other team officials are in attendance.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:35 AM

The way Buttman is talking, the Big House is going to have nothing to do with it.

God I hope he is wrong!

I take that back! It's official!

Sooooo jacked!!!
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:38 AM

Could Bettman sound any LESS interested right now?

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:38 AM

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