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Ann Arbor Preparing For The Winter Classic

from Pete Cunningham of AnnArbor.com,

“We’re excited to just to be open on that day and for the opportunity,” said Casey Hyde, general manager of the brew pub on East Washington Street in downtown Ann Arbor.

Hyde said the difficult part of restricting staff vacation on one of the rare days that Arbor Brewing is normally closed is offset by the excitement of the expected business. Hyde said the company is considering brewing a special beer for the event and the Canadian visitors it is bound to attract.

“Our kitchen loves to come up with new stuff, so we’re excited,” she said.

“Personally, I would rather be closed and be able to go away with my family and have a break,” said Elmo Morales, owner of Elmo’s Main Street T-Shirts. “But we’ll be ready to capture that business.”...

Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon has stated that he expects the spinoff revenue for the game to be greater than the $14 million generated at home football games.

Hotels are treating the game—which will be played on a Tuesday—like they would treat a Michigan football weekend against a marquee opponent like Ohio State or Notre Dame.

Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Road, will require a minimum two-day stay, which is not typical around the New Year’s holiday. It will increase rates as well.

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The NHL Gets The 2013 Winter Classic Location Wrong

from Rob Parker at WDIV, It’s official.

The NHL should really be called the NGL, as in National Gimmick League.

It seems like that’s all the National Hockey League is about these days, so much so that it messed up an event that was actually pretty cool.

Somehow, the NHL powers-that-be didn’t believe that Hockeytown was good enough to host the 2013 Winter Classic.

Terrible.

Instead, they scheduled the Jan. 1 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings to play at Michigan Stadium. The league simply dissed the fact these two Original Six teams having been playing in Detroit for more than 50 years. Instead, they want to set some silly attendance record by using the Big House to sell more than 100,000 tickets.

It’s cheap, it’s tasteless. Especially since a few years ago Michigan and Michigan State did it already in a college

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2013 Winter Classic Announcement

If available, I will post a stream of the announcement which is scheduled for 10:30am ET.

Streaming should be from both Comerica Park at 10:30am followed by a conference at 11:15am from The Big House.

Stream can be watched below when available…

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added 10:26am, Stream is now live below…

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The Big House Will Host The 2013 Winter Classic

from Paige Percy and Matt Slovin of The Michigan Daily,

The NHL will pay the University $3 million to rent the Big House and will require use of the stadium from Dec. 1, 2012 to mid-January, according to a communication to the regents from Athletic Director Dave Brandon and Timothy Slottow, the University’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. The Winter Classic game will take place on Jan. 1, 2013 and has an alternate date of Jan. 2, 2013.

During the meeting, Brandon said the NHL is expected to donate a “significant” amount to student scholarships at the University from its charitable foundation….

Brandon said he expects the event to draw in excess of $14 million in economic activity to Ann Arbor.Newman added that the economic boost is one of the key reasons the regents approved the lease.

“One of the factors that we discussed when considering this was the economic value to the city of Ann Arbor and the surrounding community and the goodness this would do for restaurants and hotels and shops and other activity in the area,” Newman said. “I think that at a time of year where it’s otherwise quiet, doing something like this makes a lot of sense.”

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