As a long-time hockey fan I always find the NHL Winter Classic a great event to watch, at least in part, on New Year's Day. By watching I mean from the comfort of our family room. Watching an NHL game in freezing temperatures in an outdoor stadium where it is extra difficult to follow the puck in not my idea of fun. But I think the NHL Winter Classic is an outstanding event and a brilliant marketing move by the NHL.
It appears that the rumored plan to have the 2013 Winter Classic at the "Big House" at the University of Michigan is near fruition and will be announced soon. Having an NHL game before 110,000 fans is incredible enough but the plan to have the Detroit Red Wings host the Toronto Maple Leafs, two of the NHL Original Six, is bound to make this one a real classic on New Year's Day 2013.
Red Wings excited about 2013 Winter Classic at U-M, as board of regents approves Big House rental via MLive.com