Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Monica McAlister on 12/31/13 at 07:30 AM ET
After waiting for an extra year due to the lockout it is finally here. Today legends from the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings will lace up the skates once more. The event became so huge they had to make it a double header.
The first game will start today at one o’clock in downtown Detroit at Comerica Park (weather permitting) and it is sure to be yet another cold day.
Things to keep in mind being outside today and/or tomorrow in Ann Arbor for the Winter Classic.
It is Michigan. It is winter. It is cold.
Take advantage of the warming tents within the Coke Zero Fan Zone located just outside of Comerica Park. If you feel like having a sit down meal to get warm Chelis Chili bar is nearby and Hockeytown Café is across the street along with many other local establishments for the hockey fans from near and far.
Use the people mover. There are a lot of people downtown and the people mover is a great way to get around. Only 75 cents per ride it goes in a loop around downtown (this is the closest you will get to mass transportation in the Detroit area).
Bring hand and feet warmers. You can get them at any sporting goods store or this time of year most gas stations too. Don’t wait until you are out in the cold to think of grabbing them you will need them today. Trust me it was cold yesterday to the point my touch screens on my phone and laptop stopped responding to my touch.
Chapstick. It is cold and just trust me on this one.
Layer up. Wear hats. Gloves. Scarfs. Try to keep your top layer Red or Blue for whichever side you support. Half the fun is seeing all the Red and Blue around town. Saw A LOT of Toronto Blue yesterday celebrating a Marlies win.
Stay warm and most of all have fun watching some of the greatest players to ever skate for these two Original Six teams lace them up for what may be the last time.
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