Pretty cool news. Per Mlive and Khan(!):
The Detroit Red Wings are in deep discussions with the NHL about hosting an outdoor game within the next two seasons. MLive.com has learned the Red Wings expect to host the annual Winter Classic either next season or in 2013-14.That would be pretty awesome if you ask me. Detroit and New York are the two cities who will be vying for the Classic the next two season.
Make the jump for some more on the possible Classic.
Now the question is where:
The Red Wings would prefer to have the game at Comerica Park, home of the Tigers, also owned by Mike Ilitch. But it might take place at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor due to its huge capacity.
The stadium hosted the "Big Chill at the Big House" on Dec. 11, 2010, attracting a world record announced crowd of 113,411 in the game between Michigan and Michigan State.I don't know about you, but I'd rather it be at the Big House than Comerica. Comercia would be great, but getting a ticket would be almost impossible. I know tickets at Wrigley were going for a minimum of $350 bucks a pop. Depending on where my law career is at that point, that's a lot of money.
What do you guys think? Would you rather have it at Comerica or in Ann Arbor? Who would you like to see Detroit play? And what is the max amount would you pay for the tickets?
The Big House all day. The NHL would get massive ratings and would break the world record for largest attendance at a hockey game. As for the team to play against Detroit, I would want to see Toronto, but the ratings would drop with a Canadian team in the mix. I don't feel like New York really has any rivalry type attitude against the Wings. So it would be hard to play up the game. If the NHL wants massive ratings maybe throw the Pens into the Big House, but if they want original six then I think Boston is a good way to go. Them and the Wings have had some great games in the past two seasons and there is a bit of animosity there.
Or just forget ratings and go with the building's theme, Wings vs. BJ's, Michigan vs. Ohio. Not likely, but makes for a good story line.
I can only spend 200 bucks for the ticket. For now, 350 is too much for me. But honestly, Comerica would be the finest choice for me.
I say the Big House because, like DetCapC19 says, I've already done a baseball field. I payed 300 for each ticket at Wrigley (all the way from Tucson, AZ baby!) and I'd pay probably the less to see this one, now that I've already seen one and more seats at a bigger stadium means I have more options.
But the baseball fields have some places where it's tough to see. UM for sure is the best choice. Any discounts for high-profile blog admins?
And who to play? I say Boston...MON/TOR are Canadian teams and they won't want to waste ratings (thanks NBC!). Original Six is the way too go and NYR plays this year and CHI we've already played.
I would love nothing more than to hear that the shithouse has been turned into a heap of ashes. That being said, if it does happen at the big house I will for sure be there. I tried to get to the last one, but on a college budget that doesn't always occur.
@moorecha I doubt a MSU student would see much either.
@freakazoid0587 I would love to hear what Abby and Miller have to say about playing in the Cold War.
Big house for sure, baseball parks are just the wrong shape and Comerica is bigger than most. Some people will see literally nothing.
i hope it's not at Comerica. I really dislike doing them in baseball parks. It's always a better fit at a football stadium plus the Big House can hold soooo many more people.
It's gotta be at the Big House, it gives us more of an opportunity to get a ticket. Toronto or Montreal would be the only choice.
Given that I've already seen on at a ball park (Wrigley), I'd like to do one at the Football stadium this time. And yes, this was totally my way of bragging that I went to Wrigley to watch the Winter Classic.
But seriously, the football stadium would generate way more revenue and have better site lines. Plus, how awesome would it be to have the record for largest attendance at a hockey game?
Maybe you should ask Abdelkader and Miller their opinions... Tickets are going to be expensive wherever the game is played - sure if you're a UM student/alum you'll probably get a discount, but that will be limited; Its a shame that Tigers' Stadium is no longer around. Part of this game is for the nostalgia, so playing in brand new stadiums kind of loses that for me - though we get that every home game playing at the Joe.
@freakazoid0587 True, Tigers Stadium would have been cool, but Comerica is pretty damn cool too.
I doubt that UM students will get a discount. I doubt even more that OSU students/alums will get a discount (which I am.)