Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings at Michigan Stadium equals hockey perfection
Perfect. That was my initial reaction to the thought of the Winter Classic, featuring the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, when it became apparent it was going occur months ago.
So it's official now with Michigan's Board of Regents giving its final approval. At $3 million, it's a bargain for the NHL. And it's a dream come true I've talking about for years.
It will be the hottest ticket imaginable for an NHL game. Not only because is it huge here, but it will pull in countless people from Canada. We are a border state, and an Original Six town. Nothing could celebrate that more than this.
Comerica Park would have been fine for the game, but the Big House just adds magnitude to the event. Especially with the renovation of Michigan Stadium, it can even match Comerica Park in terms of luxury boxes.
A couple things to ponder:
- Can't wait to see the Red Wings preparing for the event on HBO's 24/7 series. I enjoy that as much as the game itself now.
- There is plenty of time to prepare for the parking issues in the winter near Michigan Stadium. Snow/rain could take the golf course and Ann Arbor Pioneer out of the equation, but there is a lot of time to plan for it, and Michigan has been through this before with a game against Michigan State.
- What if the Wolverines are playing in a bowl game that day. Talk about divided attention.
But it will be so much fun. We've forgotten about just what a great rivalry the Red Wings and Maple Leafs have for years. It is literally as close as it can be. Toronto leads the all-time series in the regular season 276-275. In Toronto has won 13 of its 25 playoff series against the Red Wings.