Winter Classic back on in Detroit, Ann Arbor as Red Wings unveil jerseys
10:58 AM, Apr 7, 2013
6:35 AM, Apr 8, 2013
DETROIT (WXYZ) - As expected, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has announced that the 2014 Winter Classic will take place at the Big House in Ann Arbor and will feature the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The announcement came Sunday morning on the ice at Joe Louis Arena.
Both teams were scheduled in the 2013 Winter Classic at The Big House. However, that game was canceled because of the NHL lockout.
However, the 2014 game is adding another level of complexity that the 2013 Winter Classic would not have had. Under the NHL's realignment plan that goes into effect with the 2013-14 season the Red Wings and Maple Leafs will be competing in the same division.
Had the 2013 Winter Classic taken place, the teams would have faced off in different divisions.
This will be the second Winter Classic to feature division rivals. The first was the 2012 Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 2014 Winter Classic will take place on January 1, 2014. Attendance is expected to surpass the record for people attending an ice hockey game. That record of 104,173 people was also set at Michigan Stadium in 2010 at a game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
The NHL also announced Sunday that Comerica Park will play host to the SiriusXM Hocketown Winter Festival beginning in mid-December. As part of that event, Comerica's infield will be turned into a hockey rink.
While that rink will be open to the public, it will also feature games between team's of all skill levels, including NHL alumni. The featured event will be the showdown between alumni of both the Maple Leafs and Red Wings on New Year's Eve.