|Date||January 1, 2013|
|City||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
2013 NHL Winter Classic will be an outdoor regular season National Hockey League game. It will be the sixth Winter Classic in the series. The game will feature the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. the Detroit Red Wings.
The event will be the first to occupy two locations. The Winter Classic itself will be played at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the highest capacity non-motorsports stadium in North America. Another rink will be constructed at Comerica Park in Detroit. Comerica Park will host The Hockeytown Winter Festival and the NHL Alumni Showdown. The game will mark the first time a stadium dedicated solely to college football will have hosted the Winter Classic (all five previous events were held at MLB and NFL stadiums). The game will return to its traditional January 1 date, and it could also return to prime time, one of the conditions of the league's television contract with NBC.
The Red Wings–Maple Leafs matchup, an Original Six era rivalry, will mark the first time an American team and a Canadian team will face each other in an outdoor NHL game (prior to this, the Winter Classic was reserved for American teams and the Heritage Classic for Canadian ones). The only other teams to be in a Winter Classic but having not hosted are the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals.
On February 8, 2012, the University of Michigan Board of Regents authorized athletic director David Brandon to negotiate a contract with the NHL regarding the Winter Classic. On February 9, 2012, the NHL officially announced at Comerica Park that the 2013 Classic will take place at Michigan Stadium, while the Great Lakes Invitational will take place at Comerica Park. Some OHL and AHL games are also slated to be played at Comerica Park.
- ↑ Wings, Leafs to play '13 Winter Classic at Big House. NHL.com. NHL.com. Retrieved on 9 February 2012.
- ↑ Michigan regents approve renting Michigan Stadium to NHL for Winter Classic. Click on Detroit. Retrieved on 8 February 2012.
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