Canadian sports network, TSN, is reporting that Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan will be the venue for next year's edition of the NHL Winter Classic. TSN is also reporting that the Detroit Red Wings will play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the first Canadian team to play the Winter Classic.
Michigan Stadium, also known as "The Big House", can hold more than 100,000 fans. The stadium set the record for largest attendance for a hockey game back in 2010, when the University of Michigan defeated their in-state rival Michigan State University, 5-0. More than 104,000 fans attended the game.
Michigan Stadium was chosen over Comerica Park due in fact because it can hold more people and it could raise TV ratings for the game. Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch originally wanted the game to be held at Comerica Park, home of the Ilitch owned Detroit Tigers, because he wanted to make a commitment to the city of Detroit. Comerica Park will stay play a huge part in the Winter Classic, holding many festivities leading up to the game.
The Red Wings have previously played in one other Winter Classic back in 2009. The Red Wings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4, at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.
The NHL record for attendance in a single game came back in the inaugural Winter Classic back in 2008. 71,217 fans packed into Ralph Wilson Stadium and saw the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1 in a shootout.