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The Winter Classic hopes to come in, go out with a ‘bang’

Via RedWingsFeed, the Detroit Free Press's Mark Snyder reports that the University of Michigan's Board of Regents have what I'll suggest is a "unique" Athletic Department proposal to vote upon at the Board's upcoming meeting:

One is a “close proximity fireworks display” for the NHL’s Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, to be held Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium.

From the regents’ agenda posted today: “Fireworks would be displayed at various points during the playing of the national anthems of Canada and the United States, and during player introductions. They may also be displayed during musical performances during the first or second intermission. Immediately following the game, the event would close out with fireworks for approximately one minute. The brief pregame and intermission displays will be performed from the field and rooftops and the postgame display from the rooftops of the east and west towers of the stadium.”

NHL Enterprises would contract with ACE Pyro for the display.

Update: Via Paul, MLive's Kellie Woodhouse offers some economic context for the event:

The Jan. 1 faceoff between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs is taking place in Ann Arbor, per a $3 million agreement with the NHL and the University of Michigan.

The school's governing board agreed in March to host the game at the Big House, and subsequently agreed to temporarily lift the venue's ban on alcohol.

Now, in a formality, the Board of Regents must also agree to allow fireworks at the stadium "to further enhance the fan experience for this unique and historic event," according to a memo sent to the board by U-M CFO Tim Slottow.


The NHL will require use of the stadium from Dec. 1, 2013 until Jan. 2, 2014.

City and school officials estimated that the event would have a $14 million to $15 million impact on the area, with anywhere between 3,000 and 6,000 hotel nights booked by visitors.

The NHL is hoping that Michigan Stadium, with a capacity of more than 114,000, can facilitate the largest Winter Classic attendance in history. The world record for attendance at a hockey game is 104,173, a record set at the outdoor game between Michigan and Michigan State in 2010.

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