The wake of the lockout took nearly half of the regular season from hockey fans before their beloved game was returned to them on January 19th. But one significant event that was lost in the lockout was the Winter Classic. An event that has become a cornerstone event around the league over the past few years, the league lost out on millions of revenue when they pulled the plug on the outdoor game.
Now the NHL is ready to announce the Winter Classic is back and to no one’s surprise, it will be held in Detroit between the Red Wings and rival Toronto Maple Leafs. According to a report on NHL.com, the league has scheduled a press conference at the Joe Louis Arena, home of the Red Wings, for this Sunday at 10:00 am ET. The league released press details surrounding Sunday as a “special event press conference” and jersey unveiling. This has everyone involved in the game believing that this will be the intro to the league announcing the Winter Classic will return to the Big House, the University of Michigan’s football stadium.
The New Year’s Day game has become a staple for the NHL complimented by the wildly popular HBO special 24/7 documentary that follows both teams as they prepare weeks in advance of the big game. The NHL has grown in areas of non-traditional hockey markets thanks to both the Winter Classic and 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic by giving avid and non-hockey fans an inside look at life in the big leagues.
The previously schedule game was set to break attendance records for the most people to take in a NHL game with over 105,000 spectators expected.
Does this news excite you about the return of the Winter Classic or are you at the point where you could care less? Leave your comments below.